Division at G20 over bid to condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion

  • Many members of the G20 could strongly condemn the war in Ukraine
  • Zelenskiy is urging the G20 to help end the war under his plan
  • Indonesia urges action on global economic crisis
  • China’s Xi will hold meetings with many other leaders

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Controversy erupted at the Group of 20 (G20) summit on Tuesday after the United States and its allies approved a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which was withdrawn by Russia’s foreign minister. still politics is meaningless.

The meeting being held on the Indonesian island of Bali is the first meeting of G20 leaders since Russia sent its troops to Ukraine in February.

The war, described by Russia as a “special military operation”, overshadowed the meeting despite calls from Indonesia for unity and focus on actions to solve global economic problems such as inflation, and food and energy security.

“Many organizations strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and emphasized that it is causing severe human suffering and worsening the global economic situation,” the 16-page document said, as seen by Reuters.

“There are other opinions and a different analysis of conditions and restrictions,” said the newspaper, which representatives said officials have not yet accepted.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is leading his country’s delegation in the absence of President Vladimir Putin, condemned the attempt to target Russia as a failed Western diplomatic effort. well put it in the statement.

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Lavrov said that Russia has come up with another idea that the document will be finalized on Wednesday.

A US official said earlier that the United States expected the G20 to condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine and its impact on the global economy.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said there are encouraging signs that Russia’s war against Ukraine is unacceptable.

Previous G20 summits have failed to produce a joint statement because of differences between Russia and other members over language, including how to explain the war in Ukraine.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the conference in an official address that now is the time to end Russia’s war with his country under the plan he proposed “justly and in accordance with the UN Charter and international law”. .

He called for the restoration of “radiation protection” regarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, the introduction of price restrictions on Russian energy resources, and the expansion of grain export plans.

“Please choose your path for leadership – and we must do the peace process,” he said.

Lavrov, who dismissed media reports on Monday that he had been hospitalized in Bali with a heart attack, said he had listened to Zelenskiy’s address, adding that the Ukrainian leader was dragging the controversy and not listening. listen to Western advice.

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Russia’s attack on Ukraine has prompted calls by some Western leaders to leave the conference and to drop Putin’s invitation, but Indonesia has refused to do so.

Russia initially said Putin was busy attending the meeting and Lavrov was taking his place.


The conference opened with Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s appeal for unity and concrete action to restore the world economy despite deep tensions over the war.

“We have no other choice, it is necessary to work together to save the world,” he said. “The G20 will be the catalyst for an inclusive economic recovery. We must not divide the world into corners. We must not allow the world to fall into another cold war.”

The G20, which includes countries from the United States, Russia and Brazil to India, Saudi Arabia and Germany, accounts for more than 80% of the world’s largest economy, 75% of international trade and 60% of its population.

On the eve of the meeting, US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held a dialogue meeting in which they promised frequent talks despite many differences.

The meeting was the first time the two have had one-on-one since Biden became president and it seems to indicate a relationship that has slowed down in recent months.

Xi and Putin have grown closer in recent years, and reaffirmed their relationship just days before Russia invaded Ukraine. However, China is careful not to provide direct material support that could trigger Western sanctions against it.

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On Tuesday, Xi told French President Emmanuel Macron during the second meeting that China supported the ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks, Chinese state media reported.

Macron said it was important for France and China to work closely together to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, his office said, adding that the two leaders had agreed on the urgency of de-escalating tensions. Ukraine and reiterated their position in preventing it. use of nuclear weapons.

On Monday, Biden and Xi “emphasized their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine” during their meeting, the White House said.

Xi said Biden cannot use nuclear weapons and cannot fight a nuclear war, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The West has accused Russia of talking nonsense about using nuclear weapons since it invaded Ukraine. In turn, Russia accused the West of “provocative” nuclear talks.

Statements by Fransiska Nangoy, Stanley Widianto, Nandita Bose, Leika Kihara, David Lawder and Simon Lewis in Nusa Dua, Andreas Rinke in Berlin, Lidia Kelly in Melbourne and Eduardo Baptista in Beijing; Written by Ed Davies and Raju Gopalakrishnan; Editing by Robert Birsel and Tom Hogue

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