Russia welcomes mediation efforts from Brazil and China, expressing willingness for peace talks with Ukraine.
In a recent phone call between President Vladimir Putin and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Kremlin announced that Russia was open to dialogue regarding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. This development comes shortly after Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomed a Chinese peace envoy to Moscow, showcasing Russia’s willingness to engage in diplomatic efforts to find a resolution.
Russia has consistently expressed its readiness to resume peace talks with Kyiv, which had stalled several months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year. Mediation efforts from both Brazil and China have been warmly received by Russia. However, Russia has emphasized that any negotiations should take into account the “new realities,” including the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces that it either fully or partially controls, a condition that Kyiv finds unacceptable.
China’s 12-point peace plan receives skepticism from the West, while Brazil proposes non-intervention talks involving neutral nations.
China, having signed a comprehensive partnership with Russia just weeks before the invasion, has not only refrained from criticizing Moscow but has also significantly increased its energy imports from Russia since the conflict began. China presented a 12-point plan for peace in Ukraine, which calls for a ceasefire but does not stipulate the withdrawal of Russian forces from the territories it has seized. While Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed gratitude for China’s balanced position and willingness to play a positive role, the proposal has been met with skepticism by the West, with NATO questioning China’s credibility as a mediator.
President Lula, aligning with Brazil’s tradition of non-intervention and neutrality, has positioned himself as a potential peace broker. He proposed that a group of nations not directly involved in the conflict, including Brazil, India, Indonesia, and China, engage in talks with both Russia and Ukraine to pursue peace. In a tweet, Lula reiterated Brazil’s commitment to facilitating dialogue between the conflicting parties. It is worth noting that Lula condemned the invasion, but his recent suggestion that the West had “encouraged” the war through arming Ukraine drew criticism from Washington while pleasing Moscow.
Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman raises doubts about trust in a truce with Ukraine.
During a recent Group of Seven summit in Japan, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy did not meet with President Lula, despite engaging in discussions with various other world leaders. Meanwhile, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev, a senior ally of President Putin, expressed doubts about the possibility of trusting a truce with Ukraine. Medvedev went as far as stating that Russia would need to “destroy” the very nature of power in Kyiv due to these doubts.