Russia-Ukraine war live: US blasts Brazil’s Lula over Ukraine comments; Black Sea grain ship inspections restart

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The White House has hit back after Brazil’s president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said on a trip to China that the US should stop “encouraging” the war in Ukraine

“In this case, Brazil is parroting Russian and Chinese propaganda without at all looking at the facts,” the US’s national security council spokesperson John Kirby said, adding that Lula’s comments were “deeply problematic”.

The spat came as Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov began a tour of Latin America in Brazil where he met Lula and thanked “our Brazilian friends for their clear understanding of the genesis of the situation [in Ukraine]”.

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (R) meets Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing. Photograph: Brazil Presidency/Reuters

Lula also said the US and Europe “need to start talking about peace,” and that Kyiv shares the blame for the conflict, which began in February 2022…

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This article was written by Helen Livingstone and originally published on