Brazil is hoping to purchase as much diesel as possible from Russia and a portion of the arrangements were being shut “as of late as yesterday,” Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Franca said on Tuesday, without giving further subtleties on the exchanges.
“We need to ensure that we have sufficient diesel to the Brazilian agribusiness and, obviously, for Brazilian drivers,” Franca told correspondents during a visit to the United Nations in New York. “So that is the reason we were searching for safe and entirely dependable providers of diesel – Russia is one of them.”
Brazil is hoping to purchase “however much we can” from Russia, he said.
It was not promptly clear the way in which Brazil would purchase Russian diesel without facing Western approvals, forced on Moscow over its Feb. 24 intrusion of Ukraine.
When inquired as to whether there had been any Western pushback over the arrangement to purchase diesel from Russia, Franca said: “I have to strongly disagree.”
“Russia is an essential accomplice of Brazil. We are accomplices at BRICS,” he expressed, alluding to the gathering including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, a coalition seen as a strong developing business sector option in contrast toward the West.