Brazil not ruling out military cooperation with US

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro expressed his views on relations with US in an interview

Brazil not ruling out military cooperation with US -

Buenos Aires, Jan 4: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro did not rule out that his country might sign military cooperation deals with the United States.

"I approach the United States from the economic point of view. But this can be a military point of view, too. We may conclude some agreements on this issue," Bolsonaro said in an interview with the SBT broadcaster on Thursday.

Asked about the possibility of setting up a US military base in Brazil, Bolsonaro said "who knows if it would be necessary to discuss this."

The president argued that Brazil did not want to become a South American super-power, noting that still, the country should have a dominant position in comparison with regional states.

Relations between Brasilia and Washington have been tense over recent years. However, Bolsonaro has repeatedly expressed support for US policies. Notably, populist sentiments voiced by the far-right Brazilian president have been compared to statements of US President Donald Trump, which prompted media to call Bolsonaro the "Trump of the Tropics."