Russia will be able to maintain good relations with any of the second round candidates for the presidency of Brazil. This was stated by the editor-in-chief of the Latin America magazine, Professor of St. Petersburg State University Viktor Kheyfets on Monday, October 3.
According to the specialist, at present the Latin American country maintains good relations with Moscow, but a greater rapprochement can hardly be expected.
“Relations are more likely to be good, but I would not consider future Brazil an ally of Russia,” he said in an interview with Lenta.Ru.
Heifetz noted that Russia had both decent relations with Lula and Bolsonaro.
“I would not expect from Lula or Bolsonaro that they will become like Madura’s Venezuela. Brazil will retain its autonomous line, in some matters it will be ready to meet Moscow’s position with mutual understanding, in some it won’t,” the expert concluded.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the leader of the Workers’ Party of Brazil, the former president of the republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the incumbent leader, Jair Bolsonaro, entered the second round of presidential elections, NSN reports.
According to the results of processing 97.45% of the protocols, the first received 47.93% of the votes, the second scored 43.63%, the Zvezda TV channel reports.
To win in the first round, you had to score more than 50%.
On October 2, Brazilian citizens elected the president, state governors, a third of senators, deputies of the federal parliament and regional legislative assemblies. The second round will take place on 30 October.
Bolsonaro has been in charge of Brazil since January 1, 2019. His tenure as president is accompanied by constant scandals caused by his radical views on a number of issues. In particular, at the beginning of the pandemic, Bolsonaro denied the existence of COVID-19 and compared the virus with the common flu.
Lula da Silva was the head of the South American republic from 2003 to 2010. In the summer of 2017, he was sentenced to almost 10 years in prison in a case of corruption and money laundering. He was released in November 2019. In the spring of 2021, the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil dropped all charges against him.