The Brazilian government has rejected the millions of aid promised by the G7 countries in the fight against forest fires in the Amazon region. Onyx Lorenzoni, the head of cabinet of President Jair Bolsonaro, told the news portal G1 that the $ 20 million should be used to reforest the forests in Europe. The presidential office confirmed AFP's refusal of emergency aid.

The G7 countries had pledged Brazil in the face of devastating Amazon forest fires equivalent to 18 million euros in emergency aid. This was primarily to finance airplanes, said French President Emmanuel Macron at the summit of the leading industrialized countries in the southern French seaside Biarritz.

Help welcomed first

The Brazilian Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles initially welcomed the support of the G7. Bolsonaro's cabinet chief Lorenzoni then rejected the proposal: Brazil thanked for the help offered, he said to G1. "But perhaps it would be more important to reforest Europe with the means." At the same time he called Macron, this should rather take care of the problems in "at home" and in the French "colonies".

The Brazilian government has repeatedly sharply attacked Macron over the past few days as the French president put the Amazon forest fires on the agenda of the G7 summit. Bolsonaro himself accused Macron of a "colonialist mentality," an "instrumentalization" of the Amazon forest fires, and a "sensationalist tone." The ultra-right politician did not even shy away from a sexist attack on Macron's wife Brigitte.