Russia’s economy is too “big and strategic” to isolate, Celso Amorim told Bloomberg FILE PHOTO: Celso Amorim speaks to journalists at the Ministry of Defense, in Brasilia, Brazil, March 11, 2014 © AP / Eraldo Peres

Celso Amorim, Brazil’s former foreign minister and current foreign policy adviser to presidential frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has condemned the West’s sanctions on Russia and said that should Lula take office, Brazil would chart a different course.

In an interview with Bloomberg published on Friday, Amorim claimed that the West’s response to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine – sanctions on Russia and billions of dollars worth of weapons for Ukraine – have made nuclear war a real possibility.

“For the first time since the Cuban missile crisis we see articles about the risk of nuclear weapons published on a weekly basis,” he said, arguing that “it’s irresponsible not to seek peace.” (RT)