Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday, August 30th that Europe has "nothing to teach" Brazil, referring to preserving the environment. The statement was made at a time when thousands of new fires were ignited on the first day of a ban on burning.
The Brazilian leader's angry comments are likely to cause a diplomatic row between his country and Europe over the worst fires in the Amazon basin, with offers coming in from overseas to help put them out, AFP has reported.
The statement comes as a Brazilian delegation is set to meet with senior US administration officials at the White House on Friday, after President Donald Trump offered to assist with the Amazon crisis.
The G7 offered $20 million in Amazon fire aid, but Bolsonaro accused Germany and France of "buying" Brazil's sovereignty, and initially rejected the money unless his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron withdrew insults made against him.
Later on, Bolsonaro said Brazil would accept bilateral aid to fight the fires, but insisted his country must control the money.