Zelenskyy is “as responsible” for the war as Putin, says Lula

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva claimed in an interview with Time magazine published on Wednesday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is “as responsible” for the conflict in his country as his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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“I see the Ukrainian President being applauded by all parliaments (of the world). But this guy is just as responsible as Putin. A war never has a single culprit,” explained the favorite in October’s presidential elections in Brazil.

“He wanted war. If he didn’t want it, he would have negotiated a bit more,” he added.

Lula also called Mr Zelensky’s behavior “strange”: “It looks like he’s part of a show. He’s on television morning, noon and night, in the English, French and German parliaments, as if he were in the country. He should be more concerned with the negotiating table.”

The icon of the Brazilian left has also accused Western powers of “fomenting hatred against Putin”.

“When we stimulate Zelensky, he thinks he’s the best. Actually we should have said to him seriously: + my man, you are a good comedian, but we will not go to war so that you can put on a show. And tell Putin. You have many weapons, but you don’t have to use them against Ukraine. Let’s talk!” he insisted.

Lula, 76, who served as President of Brazil for two terms from 2003 to 2010, pointed the finger at US President Joe Biden, who he says didn’t make “the right decision” about the conflict in Ukraine.

“The United States has a very important weight and could have avoided the conflict (…). Biden could have been more involved, he could have flown to Moscow and spoken to Putin. That’s the kind of attitude we expect from a leader,” said the Brazilian.

Even the UN took it for their rank. “There is an urgent need to create a new global governance. The UN no longer represents anything, it is no longer taken seriously by the leaders. Putin unilaterally invaded Ukraine without consulting the UN,” he said.

From the start of the war in Ukraine, the Brazilian left has taken an ambiguous position, condemning the Russian invasion while blaming NATO for it.

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