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How Bolsonaro changed Brazil’s voting behavior at the UN

With the government facing criticism for its reluctance to take a stronger stand against Russia, we looked at the history of Brazil's UN voting patterns throughout the years, noting some significant changes under the Bolsonaro administration

un President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, on his way to address the general debate of the UN General Assembly’s 74th session. Photo: Mark Garten/UN Photo
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, on his way to address the general debate of the UN General Assembly’s 74th session. Photo: Mark Garten/UN Photo

When the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution condemning Russia, Brazil followed most of the West in calling out Vladimir Putin for the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. However, the country engaged in negotiations to soften the language used in the UN resolution — and argued that the document should reflect the narrative that both Ukraine and Russia failed to abide by the Minsk agreements.

With no practical effect, the resolution was a symbolic gesture to underline Mr. Putin’s international isolation. As far as Brazil is concerned, it also showed how the country’s behavior at the UN has...

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