White House: Biden to Discuss Ukraine With Brazil's Lula, India's Modi

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HIROSHIMA (Japan) (Reuters), U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated on Saturday that U.S. president Joe Biden aims this weekend to speak with Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi regarding Ukraine and the sacrosanct issue of sovereignty.

Lula and Modi attended a summit of rich nations of the Group of Seven in Hiroshima, at the invitation of Japan. The G7 includes also the U.S.A., Germany Britain France Italy and Canada.

Sullivan responded that "pressure is not the right word" when asked if Biden might pressure or encourage the two leaders to be more aggressive in their approach towards China and Russia. That's not the way President Biden deals with key leaders, such as President Lula or President Modi, with whom he enjoys a close relationship.

Sullivan, a reporter in Hiroshima, said that Biden "would look for an opportunity to speak to both of them on the constructive role each country can support in promoting the most fundamental and basic element of any result, which are sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is a sacrosanct part of the (United Nations Charter).

Brazil and India are both trying to build bridges between the United States, Russia, and China. Both countries also maintain economic and political relations after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, in February 2022. This frustrates Western attempts to isolate Moscow.

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Lula angered Westerners last month by calling on the U.S., and European allies, to stop providing arms to Ukraine. He said that they were prolonging war. White House spokesperson accused him of "repeating Russian and Chinese propaganda".

After the backlash the Brazilian leader tempered his remarks and condemned Russia for violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine during a trip to Portugal and Spain.

Sullivan said that Brazil had supported several key U.N. Resolutions based on the underlying notion of territorial integrity. He added, "That's where the president really wants to push things with the key developing economies who will be present."

Sullivan stated that Biden also wants to talk about the G7's push to improve supply chains in developing nations and to boost infrastructure investments. He would also like to address how to reduce their enormous debt burdens.

Biden will meet Modi in a third Quad Summit, alongside the leaders of Australia, Japan and the G7 summit.