PSOL wants minister to explain Brazil’s withdrawal plan

The PSOL bench in the Chamber of Deputies submitted a request that Foreign Minister Carlos Frana be summoned to the DPR to explain the planned withdrawal of Brazilians from Ukraine in the midst of Russia’s invasion of the country.

The request for the meeting came after UOL columnist Jamil Chade published on Friday (4) information about how the government of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) orders to avoid statements or gestures that could jeopardize the Brazilian president’s trip to Brazil. occurred in February, which would include failure to implement and announce plans.

Until the start of the war, about 500 Brazilians lived in Ukraine.

In Itamaraty, another version holds that the central issue is not the preservation of Bolsonaro’s visit to the Kremlin, but the request of the Ukrainian government. Kiev, according to diplomats, has asked foreign governments not to announce the evacuation of their nationals, as this will have an impact on the national economy and the search for investment. The plan, they said, was ready.

Wanted, Itamaraty has not officially commented so far.

“This is another episode of the regrettable dismantling of Brazil’s foreign policy promoted by Bolsonaro with a direct impact on the lives of Brazilians,” PSOL’s federal deputy said in a summons request for Carlos Frana.

“As if the decline in Itamaraty’s prestige and Brazil’s foreign policy weren’t enough, drawing a draw on Brazilian life by not planning the evacuation of our citizens from Ukraine is a disastrous and unconstitutional act. political decisions about the absence of this procedure and the unacceptable inability of the government to protect Brazilian citizens”, added the MP.

The application must obtain plenary approval from the Council of Deputies so that the minister is actually summoned to provide an explanation. So far there is no timetable for a vote on the request.

A week before Bolsonaro’s trip to Moscow, on February 8, Brazil’s ambassador to Ukraine, Norton de Andrade Mello Rapesta, stated that representatives at the time did not consider the possibility of conflict.

Ten days earlier, governments such as Britain, Germany, Canada, Australia, the US and Norway had started evacuating diplomats’ relatives from Kiev, or had issued warnings for their nationals not to travel to Ukraine.

On February 14, a few days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Rapesta stated, in an interview with UOL News, that the situation is “absolutely normal” in the country. At that time, he said that he did not believe there would be a war.

After the war broke out, the Brazilian Embassy in Ukraine even recommended that Brazilians in Kiev stay at home while others should try to leave the country and seek refuge in countries bordering western Ukraine. Only a few days later diplomatic representatives began to help Brazil more actively with indications of trains leaving the Ukrainian capital, for example.

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After much pressure, the federal government will send FAB (Brazilian Air Force) planes next Monday (7) to rescue Brazilians who fled the war in Poland. En route, the plane is expected to carry humanitarian aid goods for Ukraine. Other FAB aircraft are ready, if necessary, to participate in rescue missions.

Many Brazilians decided not to wait for official help because of the worsening bombardment and made it back to Brazil after a lot of struggle.

This week, the ambassador and his team left Kiev for security reasons. Today, he is in Lviv (about 460 km from Kiev), in the west of the country, from where he coordinated the evacuation of about 500 Brazilians to neighboring countries.

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