The topics on the agenda: the food crisis, energy tensions, the war in Ukraine and the rise in inflation and the risk of global recession, but no final statement or agreement
Nusa Dua, Bali, the foreign ministers of the G20 countries could not find a meeting point on the war in Ukraine and its global impact. The ministerial ended without a final declaration, which is traditionally adopted by all participating countries. The meeting, marked by two unexpected events, namely the killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, showed the intensification of the divisions between East and West, with China and Russia on the one hand and the United States and Europe on the other.
In reality there does not seem to have been any dialogue between the great protagonists of the world chessboard, but only the declarations of the various protagonists.
“What we heard today is a strong chorus from around the world, not just from the United States, but from around the world about the need to end the aggression in Ukraine,” said Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State of ‘America to reporters on the sidelines of the ministerial summit. Already in the assembly he had declared: “I turn to our Russian colleagues: Ukraine is not your country. Ukrainian wheat is not your wheat. Why are you blocking the ports? “
“Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is dramatically aggravating the food crisis.” Said the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, who recalled that the Covid crisis had already doubled the number of people without sufficient access to food, “Now, with this unwarranted and unprovoked aggression by Russia, 1.2 billion people – one in six of the world’s population – are severely exposed to the combination of rising food prices, rising food energy prices and tightening of financial conditions “and has firmly accused Moscow” of using food as a weapon of war, not only against Ukraine, but against the most vulnerable countries in the world “
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov left the ministerial session while his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock was speaking and specifically criticizing Moscow for the war in Ukraine. At least this has been reported by the German media citing diplomatic sources. Lavrov also left an afternoon session before the virtual intervention by the Ukrainian foreign minister and was not present while US secretary of state Antony Blinken condemned Russia in the meeting behind closed doors.
According to Marija Zacharova, Director of the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry at the summit “the plan of the G7 countries to boycott Russia has failed”. “Nobody supported Western countries”, Zakharova added on Telegram, denying, among other things, that the head of Russian diplomacy, Serghei Lavrov, deserted the meetings and rejecting the accusation of the German Minister Baerbock that Moscow has “no willingness to dialogue “.
G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union.