Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Saturday that the United States should stop "encouraging war" in Ukraine "and start talking about peace".

"The United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking about peace, the European Union needs to start talking about peace," Lula told reporters in Beijing at the end of a visit where he met with President Xi Jinping.

In that way, the international community will be able to "convince" Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky that "peace is in the interest of the whole world," he said before leaving for the United Arab Emirates.

Lula's visit to China, Brazil's top trading partner, focused on strengthening ties and spreading the message that "Brazil is back" as a key player on the global stage.

He is carrying out a delicate balancing act as he also seeks closer ties with Washington. His visit, which included an economic agenda in Shanghai and a more political one in Beijing, comes after a meeting with US President Joe Biden in February.

Unlike Western powers, neither China nor Brazil have imposed sanctions against Russia after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, and both seek to position themselves as mediators to achieve peace.

Before the trip, Lula had proposed creating a group of countries to mediate in the war, and said he would discuss this in Beijing.

Asked about the progress of this initiative after his conversation with Xi, Lula did not give details. 

"It is important to have patience" to talk with Putin and Zelensky, he said. 

"But above all, it is necessary to convince the countries that are supplying weapons, encouraging the war, to stop".

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Coitados dos europeus que na verdade não são capazes de reconhecer um papagaio socialista e o pior, é da escola de Lenin, Stalin e Mao Tsetung, o sonhe dele é transformar toda a América Latina em um quintal socialista russo. Lavrov está chegando no Brasil dia 25/04/2023 para se reunir somente com presidentes das piores espécies(Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Colômbia) Todos são cuecas vermelhas.

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@ademir, Não são apenas os europeus, muitos americanos também não reconhecem um papagaio socialista porque a maioria do Partido Democrata são eles próprios papagaios socialistas.

Slava Ukraini!

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Hay Lula shut up be quiet and stop the destruction of rain forest be useful.
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Lula is a socialist parroting ignoramus. He simply echoes Xi Jinping. Of course the USA and Ukraine want peace. But peace won't be achieved by merely talking about it as Lula suggests. Russia must lose the war or Russia must leave ALL of Ukraine, then peace is possible. Ukraine needs F-16's and long-range missiles to attain air superiority, so that victory can come sooner rather than later.

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