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Brazil seeks UN Security Council reform as Bolsonaro heads to Russia

Bolsonaro's visit to Moscow amid Ukraine tensions has been brushed off as opportunism, but Brazil's foreign policy has concrete goals in sight regarding the UN Security Council

UN Security Council, during a January meeting. Photo: Lev Radin/Shutterstock
UN Security Council, during a January 2022 meeting. Photo: Lev Radin/Shutterstock

As far as timing goes for diplomatic visits, Jair Bolsonaro’s trip to Moscow couldn’t have come at a worse moment. Tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border remain, even after the Russian Defense Ministry declared on Monday that many troops are returning to their bases. On the same day, the U.S. relocated its Kyiv Embassy to western Ukraine, believing the threat of war has not yet passed.

In Brazil, Mr. Bolsonaro’s Russia visit has been overwhelmingly dismissed as a last-ditch attempt for him to show that not all major powers have ostracized him diplomatically, or as a display of strength alongside...

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