G20 Takes Tough Stand vs Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
Leaders of the world’s largest economies appeared ready to convey a strong message from most condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed the group to maintain pressure on Moscow.
Photo Insert: The push for a strong statement against Russia came as the summit was touched by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A draft declaration by leaders of the Group of 20 major economies under discussion Tuesday echoes the condemnation of Russia’s war on Ukraine by the United Nations, while acknowledging differing views among members, Seung Min Kim, Zeke Miller, and Elaine Kurtenbach reported for the Associated Press (AP).
The draft was crafted as Russia fired missiles targeting Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, the New York Times reported.
The careful wording of the statement reflects tensions prevailing at the gathering, which includes leaders from Russia and China, and the challenge facing the US and its allies to isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government while some nations seek to avoid becoming entangled in antagonisms between the big powers.
Still, it would be a strong rebuke of the war that has killed thousands, heightened global security tensions, and disrupted the world economy if adopted in its current form, particularly since China and India abstained from condemning Russia’s aggression in the March UN resolution, Niniek Karmini, Foster Klug and Adam Schreck reported for the Associated Press (AP) from Bali.
The statement seen Tuesday by The Associated Press “deplores in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation” and “demands its complete and unconditional withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine.”
The G20 draft statement also noted there were different views on the situation and sanctions against Russia, saying that the G20 was not the forum for resolving security issues.
The push for a strong statement against Russia came as the summit was touched by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Josh Boak and Aamer Madhani also reported for AP.