Lula asks not to draw hasty conclusions about Navalni’s death

The Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da SilvaHe called this Sunday not to draw hasty conclusions about the death of Russian opponent Alexei Navalni, a criticism of the Western powers, which quickly blamed it Kremlin.

“I think it is a matter of common sense (…) when a death is suspected, an investigation must first be carried out to find out what he died of,” the left-wing president said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he took part in the annual summit of the African Union upon invitation.

The leader of the most important Latin American power He asked to wait for the forensic results before expressing an opinion.

Otherwise: “If he now judges and says that I don’t know who ordered the murder and that it wasn’t him, then he has to apologize,” he said.

“Why press charges so quickly?” the 78-year-old politician continued. His comments were the first reactions from a member of the Brics states, a group of emerging economies that also includes India, China, Russia and South Africa.

Lula has been criticized by Western powers for being too soft on the Russian president. Wladimir Putin.

The leader who returned to power after the far-right mandate in January 2023 Jair BolsonaroHe has criticized the United States and European Union’s responses to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and refused to join Western sanctions against Moscow.

Navalnywho emerged as the Kremlin’s main critic, died on Friday at the age of 47 after more than three years in a remote Arctic prison.

Lula He suggested that Navalny may have been ill and warned of the dangers of “trivializing an accusation.” “I don’t want any speculation“, he emphasized.

I understand the interests of those who immediately accuse and say: “It was so and so.” But that is not my motto. “I await the report that will be prepared, the investigation that will show what the citizen died from,” he stressed.

Navalny’s entourage accused the Russian authorities on Saturday of being behind his death.

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