The plane carrying Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Buenos Aires to attend the inauguration of President-elect Javier Milei made a stopover in Brazil on Saturday night.
Local media reported this, specifying that the plane landed at the Brazilian Air Force base in Brasilia at 8.15pm (local time).
The stop was defined as “technical” and dictated by the need to refuel the aircraft which, at 10.15pm, took off again towards the Argentine capital.
The plane had departed from Cape Verde, where Zelensky met Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva.
Milei settlement, security strengthened for Zelensky arrival
At least 7,000 men, including presidential guards, agents and members of the special forces, will be deployed to ensure the safety of the president-elect of Argentina, Javier Milei, and the international delegations arriving in Buenos Aires for the inauguration ceremony.
The prevention measures have been further strengthened in the last few hours with the confirmation of the arrival of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, expected already in the early hours of today.
The Avenida de Mayo, the approximately 1.5 kilometer course that connects the Congress Palace, where Milei will take the oath, and the Government Palace (Casa Rosada), where he will greet foreign delegations, has been entirely cordoned off and closed to traffic.
7,000 agents will be stationed along the route, with snipers, drones and helicopters in constant surveillance.
The Lockheed Martin A-4AR Fightinghawk fighters and the IA-63 Pampa combat-capable trainers supplied to the Argentine Air Force will also be kept on alert and ready for take-off.
For Europe, the only heads of state and government present besides Zelensky will be King Felipe VI of Spain and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Italy will be present with the Minister of University and Research, Anna Maria Bernini, while France has sent the Minister of Transformation, Stanislas Guerini, and the United Kingdom the Minister for the Americas and Overseas Territories, David Rutley .
The 53-year-old ultraliberal Javier Milei will be Argentina’s 10th president since the return of democracy in 1983.
This article is originally published on ansa.it