A Hungarian news portal wrote that authorities prepare for the official visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The openly coronavirus-sceptic leader of the 12th largest economy of the world will come to Budapest after his visit to Moscow. However, it seems that he will not go to Warsaw. The Polish president thinks that Bolsonaro is far too radical, and his ties to the Russian president is too strong.
According to azonnali.hu, it seems that PM Viktor Orbán will triumph in international diplomacy before the 2022 parliamentary elections. Today he talked with Donald Trump. He is scheduled to meet up with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month. In March, Boris Johnson will receive him along with the leaders of the Visegrád 4 cooperation if the British PM does not resign until then.
In 2018, PM Viktor Orbán was among the few European leaders who attended the inauguration of Bolsonaro in Brazil. In the last couple of years, the Brazilian-Hungarian relationship strengthened. For example,
Hungary bought two military KC-390 transport aircrafts from a Brazilian aerospace manufacturer.
That is considered a visible arms deal even in the international market. Furthermore, they can be a good reference in NATO, so Brazil has hope for further orders from the North-Atlantic organisation.
Thus, it is not surprising that the Brazilian president thought he would help PM Orbán before the elections and pay an official visit to Budapest. Bolsonaro is considered one of the leaders of the right-populist ideology. Meanwhile, PM Orbán’s goal is to establish international cooperation with world leaders who share similar views with him. Bolsonaro strongly supports the abolishment of the barriers in international trade. He also considers economic factors more important than environmental ones. Furthermore, he thinks that promoting traditional family values is vital.
However, PM Orbán and President Bolsonar think the opposite about the vaccination issue. The Hungarian government promotes the jab as the only way to defeat the virus. Meanwhile, the Brazilian president did not accept the vaccine. Furthermore, he shared some virus-sceptic videos and posts on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, which the social media companies deleted. They said that he spread fake information about the virus.
Once, he even said that COVID-19 vaccines raise the chance of contracting AIDS.
Some sources told Azonnali that the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, thinks Bolsonaro is too radical. Moreover, the Polish government cannot support Bolsonaro’s Russian friendship. As a result, the Brazilian president will probably not be invited to Warsaw. Even so, Bolsonaro’s calendar contains a trip to Moscow, Budapest and Warsaw so far.