The Brazilian Federal Senate presented the inaugural Brazil-Ukraine Parliamentary Group on Tuesday, May 30. The parliamentary group will consist of senators who will support cultural initiatives, exchange programs and cooperate with Ukrainian governmental and non-governmental institutions.
Senator Flávio Arns (PSB-PR) became the president of the newly created group, and Senator Oriovisto Guimarães (Podemos-PR) became the vice president. Ukrainian Chargé d’affaires, Anatoliy Tkach, represented Ukraine in the Federative Republic of Brazil.
“The launch of the Brazil-Ukraine parliamentary group is a crucial step towards strengthening the dialogue between the two countries. Today, this dialogue is important in the context of Russia’s full-scale military aggression against Ukraine. We must strengthen bilateral cooperation to achieve peace in Ukraine, bring the aggressor to justice, and ensure stability in the world,” said Vitório Sorotiuk, President of the Ukrainian Brazilian Central Representation.
Cooperation will take place through visits and congresses, seminars, symposia, debates, conferences, research, and meetings.
According to Brazilian media, this initiative results from a proposal submitted by Senator Flávio Arns to encourage and develop relations between the legislatures of both countries.
“This will be an opportunity for rapprochement between the two countries. Brazil is home to the largest Ukrainian community in Latin America. Of the 600,000 Ukrainians and their descendants living here, 500,000 live in Paraná,” said the senator, who represents the state of Paraná.
In the photo: Senator Flávio Arns, President of the Brazil-Ukraine Group, Senator Orilvisto Guimarães, Vice President, Anatoliy Tkach, Chargé d’affaires of Ukraine in the Federative Republic of Brazil.