The meeting of the G20 foreign ministers in New Delhi on Thursday turned into chaos due to the accusations of the US and Russia over the Ukraine war. No joint declaration could be issued in this meeting.
It was the second time in a week that the G20 group of ministers failed to reach a consensus. Earlier, no joint declaration could be issued at the meeting of G20 Finance Ministers in Bengaluru. This year, as the president of G20, India issued a presidential statement.
A statement issued by India said, “Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and emphasized that the war was causing immense human suffering and weakness in the global economy. is increasing.”
During the meeting, sharp differences were seen on the issue of Ukraine war. On one side, the West led by America and on the other side, Russia and China took positions against each other. While all countries stuck to their previous positions, the important thing was that both the US and India said that the meeting document was supported by an overwhelming majority.
After the meeting, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said there was consensus on “95 percent” of the issues discussed at the meeting. However, consensus could not be reached on two paragraphs of the declaration. “Not everyone agreed on the two paragraphs.”
“There were differences over the Ukraine conflict that we could not bridge. We tried, but the distance between the countries was too great,” Jaishankar said. He added that in the Bali Declaration “we were able to build a consensus but after Bali (the G20 meeting) there have been some incidents…we tried to bridge the gap.”
Differences persist over Ukraine war
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a video message at the opening of the meeting, requested all countries to put aside their differences and focus on common ground. However, the atmosphere of tension remained in the meeting and the US and Russia accused each other.
New Delhi wanted the meeting it chaired to focus on issues such as poverty alleviation and environmental finance, but as expected, Russia’s military action in Ukraine dominated the discussion. During the meeting, there was also a brief meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blanken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since last July.
According to a US State Department official, during the meeting, Blanken emphasized that Washington will continue to support him in the defense of Ukraine, no matter how long it takes.
America is blackmailing and threatening, Russia
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Western delegations had “turned the G20 agenda into a spectacle, they want to blame Moscow for their failures in the economy.” He blamed the West for thwarting a deal to allow grain exports to Ukraine.
During the meeting, the Russian Foreign Minister and the Chinese Foreign Minister also met. After which, in a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, both countries have criticized Western countries for “blackmailing and threatening” other countries.
“Efforts to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, impose unilateralism through blackmail, threats and oppose the democratization of international relations were unanimously rejected,” the statement said.
What did the US Secretary of State say?
US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken said the G20 meeting was affected by Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine and a campaign of deliberate destruction against civilian targets”. He said that for the sake of international peace and economic stability, we should continue to demand Russia to end its war of aggression.
He named Russia and China and said that it was because of these two countries that India’s efforts to resolve the differences could not be successful and the meeting ended without any joint declaration. “Russia and China were the only two countries that made it clear they would not sign the text of the declaration,” Blanken said at a press conference. He said that America fully supports India’s agenda for G20.
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