General Edson Leal Pujol, commander of the Brazilian army, said on Thursday (12) that the Armed Forces of Brazil are one of the smallest in the world. The statement came during a live promoted by the Institute for Reform of Relations between State and Company. The comment made no direct mention of President Jair Bolsonaro’s recent statement, stating that “When your saliva is finished, you have to have gunpowder”, Reacting to possible sanctions imposed by United States in relation to burning in the Amazon. Pujol made a comparison of the Brazilian troops in relation to the extensive national territory. “We are short of what Brazil needs,” he said, saying that “we cannot give up sovereignty over the Amazon”. The commander also stressed that there are no direct threats that would justify a larger force. “There is no immediate threat, someone wanting to invade us to gain our resources. So, society and politicians place a low priority. I even understand, ”he said. Currently, Brazil has an effective uniform of 380 thousand people, occupying around the 15th world position. There are 22 km² for each soldier, an average of 176 soldiers for every 100 thousand inhabitants. The information is from Folha de S.Paulo.
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