-Above all, Baerbock wanted to address the topics of environment and climate in Brazil. It should also be about the relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the war of aggression against Ukraine. Apparently nobody at the highest political level wanted to do that. President Lula had more important appointments, Foreign Minister Viera wasn't even in the country. For example, the German Foreign Minister only had one meeting with the President's foreign policy adviser and Deputy Foreign Minister Maria Laura da Roche. And that in the largest location of the German economy outside of Europe.
There was no joint press conference with anyone. At least Baerbock was allowed to give a speech. “Let's join hands and build a future together, from which we all benefit”, she said at Sao Paulo's main think tank.
The world is in a radical upheaval, which challenges the ability of democracies to act, she warned. Authoritarian regimes wanted to divide the world into spheres of influence and subjugate countries, instead of respecting the self-determined development of all states, said the minister, without mentioning Beijing directly. With good reason – China is Ukraine's most important trading partner.