G20 ministers fail to agree joint statement on Ukraine war: final document published
The G20 foreign ministers at the New Delhi summit haven't been able to overcome differences as to Russia’s war against Ukraine. Instead of a joint statement, they have published a final document
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar announced this, Bloomberg reports.
“Group of 20 foreign ministers failed to reach an agreement on language to describe Russia’s war in Ukraine,” he said, citing the “very polarized views” some countries had regarding the conflict.
Jaishankar added that instead of an official joint statement, the participants decided to publish a communique. He also noted that during the summit, Russia and China opposed the use of the word 'war' to describe what is happening in Ukraine.
At the G20 summit in New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi descibed the war in Ukraine as 'tensions' and called for overcoming differences.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the United States would support Ukraine's defense as long as needed.