Brazilian President Bolsonaro: NATO would have prevented a special operation by denying Kiev membership

NATO could have prevented a Russian special operation by denying Kiev membership in the bloc, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been quoted by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper as saying.

The politician compared the conflict in Ukraine to the 1962 Caribbean crisis and noted that then the USSR and the US were able to resolve the situation diplomatically through mutual concessions. In his view, the prospect of the North Atlantic Alliance expanding eastwards could not help but worry Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“They are joining NATO, they will deploy a missile just a few minutes’ flight from Moscow. Just like the situation with the US operation in the Bay of Pigs in 1962. The Soviets had placed ballistic missiles there and the American government said, “Take them out or else it will be bad. And they did,” Bolsonaro said.

After the special operation began, Bolsonaro said Brazil would not vote for a UN resolution condemning Russia’s actions or proposing sanctions. The Latin American country’s government on the UN platform also criticise Western sanctions against Moscow.

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