US ready to fight Amazon fires with Brazil’s help

Trump says the United States wants to deal with the flames sweeping the world's largest rainforest, but prefers a plan that includes discussions with the Brazilian government.

August 28, 2019, Aerial view of deforestation at the Cachimbo Biological Reserve in Nascentes de la in the Amazon Basin, Brazil, Para State, Altamira.

August 28, 2019, Aerial view of deforestation at the Cachimbo Biological Reserve in Nascentes de la in the Amazon Basin, Brazil, Para State, Altamira.
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President Donald Trump's adviser said Wednesday that he is ready and willing to help with Brazilian forest fires only if Brazil cooperates with the Brazilian government.

"The United States is ready to support Brazil in Amazon's fire suppression efforts," said Garrett Marquis, a spokesman said.

But the Trump administration prefers a plan that includes discussions with the Brazilian government, he said.

"We did not agree with the G7 initiative, which did not include consultation with jairbolsonaro. The most constructive way to help Brazil's ongoing efforts is through cooperation with the Brazilian government."

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On Monday, the G7 countries of the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States pledged $ 20 million to burn the world's largest rainforest, which is important for maintaining a stable global climate.

Volsonaro clashed with European leaders, especially France's President Emmanuel Macron, on Brazil's response to the Amazon crisis.

Volsonaro initially rejected the G7's proposal that Macron would be willing to accept aid only if he withdrew his "insult."

But on Wednesday, South American leaders fired a fresh salvo, accusing France and Germany of “buying” Brazil's sovereignty and questioning whether the country could still accept relief funds.

Trump, who met with Sonaro at the White House in March, tweeted "full and full support" for the Brazilian president Tuesday and praised for the "very tough" work on the Amazon crisis.

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Macron accused Vol Sonarro of lying about his commitment to climate change and vowed to block EU-Merkosur deals involving Brazil, which took decades to negotiate.

About 60{7be40b84a6a43fc4fae13304fce9a2695859798abfc41afd127b9f8b21c5f9c5} of the Amazon is in Brazil, but the vast forests are also spread in other countries or parts of South America.

Source: AFP

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