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G20 leaders agree on draft statement to condemn Russia - Bloomberg

15 November, 2022 Tuesday
06:00

Despite the differences in opinions, the leaders of the G20 countries agreed on a draft statement to deplore Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

This is reported by Bloomberg.

In order to agree on the draft joint statement, the leaders had to develop a language that would cross the line between expressing concern about the Russian Federation and demanding concessions from it.

“Group of 20 diplomats agreed on a proposed communique to put to their leaders when they meet Tuesday in Bali, Indonesia, after a tense day of negotiations to overcome differences on how hard to criticize Russia for its war in Ukraine,” Bloomberg said, citing officials.

One diplomat said the agreement was reached only verbally, and the leaders of the G20 countries have yet to approve the final wording.

Bloomberg explains that the planned draft declaration will refer to the previous resolution of the United Nations. The two diplomats also said that an agreement had been reached on the wording condemning the threat of using nuclear weapons.

Some G20 countries expressed reservations about the wording, which they considered "too aggressive" towards the Russian Federation. One official cited China's concern that allowing Russia to be condemned could open the door to more forceful statements in the future about Beijing's own behavior toward Taiwan.

On November 11, it was reported that the leaders of the G20 countries intend to condemn the use or threat of nuclear weapons by Russia.  In general, the war in Ukraine will be the main point on the summit’s agenda.

The G20 summit will take place in Bali on November 15-16.  The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, will participate in the summit in an online format.

The head of the "Ukraine-NATO" Public League, Serhii Dzherzh, said on Espreso TV that Ukraine will be a central issue at the summit.

Vladimir Putin did not fly to the G20 summit.  According to his spokesman, "due to the need to stay in the Russian Federation."  Diplomat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Austria 2014-2021 Oleksandr Shcherba believes that Putin's absence from the G20 summit is "a sign of weakness, fear and isolation."

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called on the G20 countries to take coordinated action to solve the problem of international economic instability due to the war in Ukraine.

On Monday, November 14, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia, Joe Biden met with Xi Jinping for the first time after being elected president of the United States. 

Ukraine needs the G20 summit in order to further isolate Russia and convince other countries not to buy energy carriers from the aggressor and not to sell weapons, said diplomat and chairman of the board at the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Foundation Oleh Belokolos.

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