Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday announced his government has reached a deal to begin importing diesel fuel from Russia as part of measures to lower fuel prices at home.
"It is settled. In 60 days diesel can start to arrive in Brazil from Russia," Bolsonaro told journalists from the government headquarters in Brasilia.
The president defended the decision to import Russian diesel, saying it is cheaper than other foreign suppliers chosen by the state oil company Petrobras.
"Brazil imports almost 30 percent of the diesel consumed in the country. We must import from those who sell at a better price and not accept the price of those who charge more," Bolsonaro said.
Brazil is neutral in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, said Bolsonaro, recalling he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Moscow in February, and the two leaders agreed to maintain the supply of fertilizers for Brazilian agribusiness.