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Zelensky Showed Lula Who’s Boss By Standing Him Up At The G7
Zelensky’s power play was designed to show his people that he’s the alpha in their relationship since Lula still continued pushing his Trojan Horse plan for a UN Summit on this conflict despite being humiliated by his Ukrainian counterpart and complaining to everyone about how “upset” this made him feel.
Brazilian President Lula was just humiliated after Zelensky stood him up at the G7. He subsequently took to complaining about how “upset” he felt about their plans falling through, which made him look weak. Even worse for his image was him continuing to cling to his prior peace rhetoric towards the NATO-Russian proxy war by proposing a UN Summit on this conflict. Lula either didn’t realize that this was a petty power play by Zelensky to show him who’s boss or simply doesn’t have the self-respect to care.
The Ukrainian leader is a spiteful person who’s known to hold grudges, which in this case relates to Lula’s prior peace rhetoric of blaming both sides for the ongoing proxy war. As was explained here, he’s really just functioning as the West’s Trojan Horse for deceiving the Global South into supporting the former’s maximalist position instead of China’s much more pragmatic compromise one. This isn’t speculation like his side’s propagandists claim but proven by his official stance towards the conflict.
Lula badmouthed Russia right after Lavrov’s latest trip to Brazil, which coincided with his chief foreign policy advisor Celso Amorim reaffirming their country’s consistent stance of condemning the Kremlin at the UNGA and demanding that Great Power’s complete withdrawal from all the territory claimed by Kiev. Amorim just got back from Kiev earlier this month too, during which time he met with scandalous fascist warmonger Andrey Melnik, who suspiciously praised their meeting.
That former Bandera-praising Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany and incumbent Deputy Foreign Minister is known as one of the regime’s most hardline anti-Russian figures. For him to be so pleased with Amorim in spite of Lula’s prior peace rhetoric strongly suggests that he was convinced by his guest of Brazil’s US-advised Trojan Horse role in deceiving the Global South as was earlier explained. This raises the question of why Zelensky would snub Lula after Melnik was convinced that Brazil is on its side.
The answer is that the Ukrainian leader is too petty and spiteful to appreciate the unparalleled soft power support that his counterpart is providing to Kiev. Instead of looking at the bigger picture and realizing that no other country has the chance to mislead the Global South’s masses at the scale that Lula is trying to do, Zelensky seemingly remains obsessed with what he said about him in his May 2022 interview with Time Magazine:
“This guy is as responsible as Putin for the war. Because in the war, there’s not just one person guilty…I don’t know the President of Ukraine. But his behavior is a bit weird. It seems like he’s part of the spectacle. He is on television morning, noon, and night…He did want war. If he didn’t want war, he would have negotiated a little more. That’s it…We should be having a serious conversation: ‘OK, you were a nice comedian. But let us not make war for you to show up on TV.’”
In retrospect, Lula was also “part of the spectacle” by pretending to be the so-called ‘good cop’ to the US’ ‘bad cop’ for the purpose of playing his Trojan Horse role in the event that he won re-election. This conclusion is arrived at by recalling his country’s vote in support of an anti-Russian UNGA Resolution in February, his consistent condemnation of that country, and the fact that both stances contradict the precedent established by his party in 2014 under former President Rousseff to abstain from this conflict.
Instead of continuing his party’s policy that was promulgated by his then-successor, he continued former President Bolsonaro’s of voting in support of anti-Russian UNGA Resolutions, but then Lula took it even further by breaking with his predecessor by personally condemning Russia. This was done in his joint statement with Biden from February, and it also deserves mentioning that he reportedly discussed launching a global influence network in joint partnership with the US Democrats during that time too.
That country’s ruling liberal-globalists represent its permanent bureaucracy’s most anti-Russian policymaking faction by far, which further discredits Lula’s claims of being “neutral” towards this conflict and thus extends credence to the conclusion hat he’s functioning as his ideological allies’ Trojan Horse. Nevertheless, in spite of the plethora of factual and circumstantial evidence in support of this assessment, Zelensky still preferred to behave pettily by standing Lula up at the G7.
This was a power play designed to show his people that he’s the alpha in their relationship since Lula still continued pushing his Trojan Horse plan for a UN Summit on this conflict despite being humiliated by his Ukrainian counterpart and complaining to everyone about how “upset” this made him feel. Any self-respecting leader would have signaled that they’re delaying more announcements about this until their counterpart makes amends, especially if their state is strategically autonomous like Lula says that his is.
Instead of doing that, let alone seriously considering a policy recalibration in an attempt to equalize the lopsided power dynamics between them, Lula submitted to being Zelensky’s beta by going ahead with the Trojan Horse plan despite no amends having been made. The Ukrainian leader took full advantage of his Brazilian counterpart’s fealty by telling the press while “smirking” that “I think it disappointed him” that the meeting fell through, which Reuters reported “drew laughs from reporters.”
The humiliation ritual was thus complete, with there no longer being any doubt that Lula just voluntarily submitted to being Zelensky’s beta after the Ukrainian leader showed his Brazilian counterpart who’s boss. It was a petty power play but one with extremely significant optics since it entailed this self-proclaimed “socialist” bowing down before one of the world’s most infamous modern-day “fascists”, thus discrediting Lula’s peace rhetoric and pretenses of neutrality by proving that he’s a Trojan Horse.