Brazil wants to buy ‘as much as possible’ diesel from Russia

Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto Franco Franca said that Russia is a reliable supplier of fuel. © Reuters

Brazil wants to buy as much diesel from Russia as possible, despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine and sanctions imposed by other countries. Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto Franco Franca said.

source: BELGA

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, had already stated that the agreement with Russia was almost complete. He said Bolsonaro was keen to buy cheaper diesels from Russia. High fuel prices and inflation are the main economic challenges for Bolsonaro, who wants to run for re-election in October, but is lagging in the opinion polls.

“We need to make sure we have enough diesel for the Brazilian agricultural businesses and drivers,” the foreign minister said on the sidelines of a UN Security Council meeting.

The European Union and the United States have imposed sanctions on Russia since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Several other countries, including Brazil, chose not to implement them.

It says Brazil is a “strategic partner” of Russia. Carlos Alberto Franco Franca recalls that Brazil is highly dependent on Russia for fertilizer supplies. He also noted that Russia is a reliable supplier of fuel.

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