December 3, 2023

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stated on Tuesday that the Mercosur bloc, which makes up his nation together with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, needs the commerce settlement with the European Union to be a win-win state of affairs. .

Lula has criticized a number of the EU’s requests for the deal, akin to an addendum that features sustainability and local weather change commitments and introduces sanctions for nations that fail to satisfy local weather targets.

“We don’t want impositions in Mercosur,” Lula stated in a dwell broadcast on social networks. “It’s a strategic associate settlement, so one can’t threaten the opposite. Let’s sit down and work out our variations.”

His statements come coinciding with the assembly of Mercosur leaders at a summit in Argentina on Tuesday, wherein Brazil will assume the short-term presidency of the group.