Brazil is "clearly opposed" to barring Russia from the G20, its foreign minister said, as the United States led a push to exclude Moscow from the group over its invasion of Ukraine.
"We've seen initiatives emerge in various international organisations... to expel or suspend Russia. Brazil is clearly opposed to those initiatives, in line with our traditional position in favour of multilateralism and international law," Foreign Minister Carlos Franca told a Senate session Thursday.
The comment came after US President Joe Biden said he backed kicking Russia out of the G20 group of major economies, or "if that can't be done," inviting Ukraine to "attend the meetings as well."
The push to exclude Russia has divided G20 members.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin should be barred from the group's November summit in Bali.
But China called Russia an "important member," while Indonesia, the G20's rotating chair, said it would remain "impartial."
Franca said the United Nations, not the G20, was the place to "debate issues of peace and security."
"The most important thing right now is to have all international forums functioning fully," including the G20, he said. "And that means having all countries present, including Russia."
President Jair Bolsonaro has insisted Brazil remain "neutral" over the Ukraine conflict.
His stance has drawn criticism from some quarters, including the Biden administration, which rebuked the far-right president for voicing Brazil's "solidarity" with Russia when Bolsonaro visited Putin in Moscow eight days before the Ukraine invasion.