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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has turned down a request from the German government for tank ammunition, which Berlin could hand over to Ukraine. This is reported by the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, citing unnamed military and politicians familiar with the issue.
According to the newspaper, the decision was made on January 20 at a meeting with the commanders of the troops and the Minister of Defense of the country, Jose Musio Monteiro. Then the Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces, Julio Cesar Arruda, said that Brazil could receive about 25 million reais (almost $5 million) from Berlin for the transfer of ammunition stored in it for Leopard 1 tanks. He added that it makes no sense to require Germany not to send ammunition to Ukraine.
The President refused to sell ammunition to Germany, arguing that he did not want to “provoke the Russians.”
Brazil condemns the Russian military operation in Ukraine, but remains neutral in the economic sphere, refusing to join the sanctions against the Russian Federation.
This is not the first request from Berlin to Brazil for the transfer of weapons, the newspaper emphasizes. Last year, Germany wanted to buy ammunition for Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, which were sent to Ukraine. Then Brazil also refused.
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