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Lula’s meeting with Biden could influence meeting with Zelensky, says professor

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will meet with US presidents Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky next Wednesday (20).

Lula is in New York for the UN General Assembly.

In the assessment of ESPM International Relations professor Denilde Holzhacker, the meeting with Biden “could influence the meeting with Zelensky.”

A CNN Radio she pointed out the importance of Lula having a meeting with Biden, to “discuss advances in bilateral negotiations, investment, trade and the political and geopolitical agenda.”

Denilde explained that, after not meeting at the G7 meeting, the atmosphere between Lula and Zelensky “got bad.”

“It is expected that the climate of distance and conflict between leaders will decrease”, he added.

At the same time, the professor highlights that the big question is “how Lula will position himself with the criticism that Zelensky will make about Vladimir Putin and Russia.”

She believes that there is the possibility that “a constructive dialogue will be established for Brazil and Ukraine.”

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Denilde pointed out that Lula must signal in his speech at the General Assembly, which takes place this Tuesday, a “diplomatic position”, with balance and without taking sides.

Even so, the professor sees that the Brazilian president may deviate from diplomatic logic in later speeches, if asked about Russia.

*Produced by Isabel Campos

Source: CNN Brasil

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