“Our Western colleagues, just like a year ago under the Indonesian presidency, tried by will or by force, mainly through crooks, and through various rhetorical statements, to highlight the problem of the situation around Ukraine , which they, of course, serve under the sauce of the so-called Russian aggression” – stressed Lavrov. According to him, the West insisted on reproducing the text on the situation around Ukraine, which was agreed at the G20 summit in Bali, ignoring subsequent events, including the recognition of ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel , former French President François Hollande, former Ukrainian President Peter Poroshenko and current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyyyy that none of them were going to respect the Minsk agreements. Russia’s call for an impartial and honest investigation into the Nord Stream terrorist attacks has also been ignored.
As a result, the adoption of the declaration was blocked (the Russian Federation and the PRC disagreed on two points concerning Ukraine). Only the G20 President’s summary has been published. He notes that “it is essential to uphold international law and a multilateral system that guarantees peace and stability”. We are talking about the protection of all the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, the prevention of the use of nuclear weapons and the peaceful settlement of conflicts. The document condemns all terrorist acts against critical infrastructure, including energy installations. It is noted that terrorism is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
On the sidelines of the G20, Sergei Lavrov managed to talk with colleagues from India, Turkey, Brazil, China, Argentina, Mexico
It should be noted that the problems related to the adoption of the joint statement were expected. Even before the start of the G20 ministerial meeting, global media had predicted that India would be under pressure to take a tougher stance towards Russia and China. But, according to analysts, including geopolitical and security issues on the G20 agenda undermines the spirit of this platform and undermines global cooperation in resolving current issues. So, in fact, it happened. In fact, the results of the meeting of finance ministers and heads of central banks were repeated, where, also due to disagreements on the Ukrainian issue, it was not possible to adopt a joint statement.
On the sidelines of the G20, Sergei Lavrov had time to talk with colleagues from India, Turkey, Brazil, China, Argentina and Mexico. With the latter, for example, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry sat next to him at a gala dinner on Wednesday. It went into a truncated composition. High-ranking representatives from the United States, China, Germany and France missed the reception: when it started, they had not yet managed to arrive in New Delhi. Lavrov’s working day began Thursday with a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang. As the Russian minister noted, our countries have “very ambitious plans for the development of bilateral cooperation and a rich foreign policy program.” And on Wednesday, Lavrov discussed the formation of a polycentric world order and coordination in the international arena with Indian Foreign Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar, the “grain deal” and the situation in Syria with the Turkish Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, strengthening cooperation with his Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira. As for talks with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, there were none, however, as Zakharova informed, diplomats talked “on the go”, within the framework of the second session of the G20 .
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