Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Franca said Thursday that President Jair Bolsonaro’s government is “clearly opposed” to Russia’s exclusion from the G-20, an idea raised in particular by the United States.
“We have seen the emergence of initiatives in various international organizations aimed at expelling Russia from these entities or suspending its participation in them. Brazil has clearly opposed them (…) in line with our traditional position in favor of multilateralism and international law, Franca told the Senate during a debate on the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“The most important issue at the moment is that all these forums: the G20, the WTO and the Food and Agriculture Organization are fully functional. For them to be fully functional, all countries, including Russia, must be present. in them,” he added.
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden called for Russia to be excluded from the Group of Twenty.
And Russia was previously expelled in 2014, following its annexation of Ukrainian Crimea, from the Group of Eight industrialized countries (now the Group of Seven).
But the Brazilian minister acknowledged that the decision on this issue rests with the G-20 itself.
The G-20 was established to promote dialogue between the major traditional industrial countries and emerging economies such as China, Brazil and Russia.
Indonesia, which currently chairs the Group of Twenty, said on Thursday it would remain “neutral” on the issue, while China stressed that Russian President Vladimir Putin should attend the summit scheduled for later in the year.