NUSA DUA, INDONESIA – NOVEMBER 15: Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov arrives at the formal welcoming ceremony to mark the start of the G20 summit on November 15, 2022 in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. The G20 meetings will be held in Bali from November 15 to 16. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images,)
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G-20 countries will issue a joint statement on Tuesday condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and saying “the current era should not be a war”.
Leaders of the world’s major economies are meeting in Indonesia this week. Tensions over Russia’s attack on Ukraine have led to questions about whether they could unite on what is one of the most pressing issues globally, as Russia is a member of the G-20 grouping. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, attends the summit.
“Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine, stressing that it causes immense human suffering and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in the global economy – limiting growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, increasing energy and food insecurity and exacerbating financial stability risks,” the statement said. joint statement will say, according to a draft document seen by CNBC.
The joint statement also said that “the peaceful resolution of conflicts, efforts to deal with crises, as well as diplomacy and dialogue are vital. The current era must not be a war.”
The communiqué has been approved by the top officials of all G-20 countries and is expected to be approved by heads of state later on Tuesday. At the time of writing, it was unclear whether China was among the countries condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine.
An official, who follows the high-level talks in Indonesia and prefers to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the talks, told CNBC that “the ambiguity is there for a reason.” members” group condemn the Kremlin.
The same official added that the G-20 story “is progressing as we see the effects of the war”. “It would not have been possible to reach such an agreement a few months ago,” the source said.
In recognition of the differences, the joint statement also said: “There were different views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions.”
Russia has called its invasion of Ukraine a “special operation” aimed at “demilitarizing” its neighbor. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said on Tuesday that Western countries were politicizing the G-20 statement, according to Russian state media.