US refuses to sell anti-tank missiles to Brazil over concerns about Bolsonaro

A request by the Brazilian Army to buy Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States, worth around US$100 million (R$511.5 million), is stalled in the hands of officials in Washington.

According to reports by an international media outlet on Monday (8), US parliamentarians are refusing to sell the anti-tank missiles to Brazil out of concern over the intentions of President Jair Bolsonaro. The report, which heard from US MPs, cites Bolsonaro’s attacks on Brazil’s electoral system.

Brazil’s proposal to purchase some 220 Javelin missiles was initially made when former President Donald Trump, then an ally of Bolsonaro, was in the White House.

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