Russia attends G20 conference overshadowing Ukraine conflict

Indonesia, NUSA DUA — A group of 20 foreign ministers (G20) ends the war and grain blockade in Ukraine on Friday as top Russian diplomats blame the West for “enthusiastic criticism” and waste. Opportunity to tackle the global economic problem that sought.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its food security and energy implications dominated a private rally in Bali, Indonesia, with no joint statement and no announcement to reach an agreement.

This forum was the first face-to-face meeting between Russia and the most intense critics of the war.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who arrived at the meeting on Friday, was greeted by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and shouted, “When will we stop the war?” And “Would you like to stop the war?” ..

Lavrov emerged from the first session with a harsh rebuke of his Western counterparts, who said he was “almost immediately lost” from the topic of the discussion “to the enthusiastic criticism of the Russian Federation”.

“Invaders,” “invaders,” “occupants,”-today we heard a lot, “Lavrov told reporters.

In the next session, Lavrov left, according to European Union foreign policy director Josep Borrell, who read the statement and said he “less respected” his actions without hearing the opinions of others.

Lavrov attended a welcome reception on Thursday that was not attended by the ministers of a group of seven (G-7).

Russia called the war a “special military operation”, corrupting the Ukrainian army and eradicating those who call it dangerous nationalists.

Ukraine and its western supporters say Russia is engaged in imperial style land acquisition without justifying its invasion.

“Powerful remarks”

“This was not a warm bath for Lavrov,” said a Western official who attended the meeting, saying some “very strong remarks” on Russia’s invasion and the need to end the blockade of Ukrainian grain exports. He added that there was a consensus on.

Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a direct discussion in the conference room, said Indonesian Les Tonneaux, who chaired the forum. She didn’t say what they talked about.

Blinken, a bystander at the conference, said the challenges of rising food and energy costs were “dramatically exacerbated by the Russian invasion.”

He told the delegation that Russia needs to be held accountable for the G20 to remain relevant, according to a senior State Department official.

Ukraine, the world’s fourth-largest grain exporter, is struggling to export commodities as many ports are closed as the war intensifies on the south coast.

Lavrov later told reporters that Russia was ready to negotiate grain with Ukraine and Turkey, but it is unclear when such negotiations will take place.

The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which Mr. Blinken said was “extremely uneasy,” cast a shadow over the meeting and shocked the death of “a leader with a big vision.”

Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong told reporters that Prime Minister Abe is a “giant on the world stage” and has a legacy of global influence.

“hunger game”

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused Russia of playing a “hunger game” through the blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea port and effectively addressed the conference.

“We do not have the right to allow Russia to further threaten the world through high energy prices, hunger and security threats,” he said.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier said Beijing had touted the block conflict and opposed any action that would create a “new Cold War.”

He met Wong on Friday at such a meeting between China and Australia for the first time in three years. Wong described it as an “important first step” towards stabilizing relationships.

Ties suffer from foreign interference and allegations of retaliatory trade sanctions.

In closing remarks, Indonesian Prime Minister Les Tonneaux has indicated the urgent need for the G20 meeting to strengthen multilateralism, and it is important that foreign ministers can meet in the same room despite global challenges. Said there is.

“The decision that members and invitees attend the meeting directly should not be underestimated,” she said.

“They chose to make a special effort to be here.”

Stanley Widient and David Branstrom