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Sanctions on Russia to create global problems — ex-Brazilian top diplomat

Dialogue is what is necessary, Celso Amorim underscored

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 3. /TASS/. The pressure of Western sanctions on Russia won’t produce the desired result but will create problems for the whole world, Brazil’s former Foreign and Defense Minister Celso Amorim said, according to the Globo newspaper.

"I am against sanctions. They won’t help resolve anything but will create problems for the whole world. Dialogue is what is necessary," the newspaper quoted the politician as saying.

He emphasized the need to engage a party "that President Vladimir Putin will listen to, perhaps, China." According to Amorim, the policy of sanctions will lead to a rise in global fertilizer prices and, consequently, food prices. "Sanctions will not produce any practical results unless their goal is to weaken Putin. But then the question arises: what next?" he added.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation based on a request from the heads of the Donbass republics. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans to occupy Ukrainian territories and the goal was to demilitarize and denazify the country. In response, the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and a number of other countries announced sanctions on Russian individuals and entities.