The South American country turned to Moscow after talks with the US fell apart, a report says
FILE PHOTO: The Brazilian Navy submarine Humaita, under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2019. © Mauro Pimentel/AFP
Brazil asked Russia for help in developing its first nuclear-powered submarine during President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to Moscow last month, Folha de S.Paulo daily reported on Wednesday, citing a military source.
According to the paper, Brazil sought Washington’s help with certifying nuclear reactor fuel and “engineering issues,” but the talks fell apart by 2018.
The South American country then reportedly turned to Russia for assistance. Bolsonaro was said to have asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin for help with the submarine during his trip to Moscow last month. The trip took place a week before Russia attacked Ukraine.