G-20 SummitRussia under pressure – is Xi Jinping turning away from Vladimir Putin?
China’s most powerful ally is sending clear signals to Russia at the G-20 summit. Kremlin chief Putin can no longer rely on unlimited support from Beijing.
It’s about it
The letter, which was almost fully discussed on Tuesday, said: “The majority of members condemned the war in Ukraine in the strongest possible terms.”
China refrained from blocking the joint final statement.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has so far supported Russian President Vladimir Putin almost unreservedly.
Almost nine months after the start of its war against Ukraine, Russia is also coming under pressure from the G-20 round of leading economic powers. At a summit on the Indonesian island of Bali, previous supporters such as China and India refrained from blocking a joint final declaration. The letter, which was almost fully discussed on Tuesday, said: “The majority of members condemned the war in Ukraine in the strongest possible terms.”
Moscow also wants to support the declaration – because it explicitly emphasizes that not all G-20 countries share the condemnation. The document is due to be adopted by 20 delegations this Wednesday at the end of the summit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has so far supported Russian President Vladimir Putin almost unreservedly. The head of the Kremlin settled down at the summit Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represent. He remained in the room during a video message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
call for an end to the war
Specifically, the draft of the final declaration quotes from the UN resolution. It calls on Russia to cease hostilities and immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
Russia’s position is primarily addressed by the sentence: “There were different opinions and different assessments of the situation.” Accordingly, Russia also accepts that the Russian attack is being described as a war and not – as Putin suggests – as a “military special operation”.
Lavrov confirmed that the work is practically finished. “Our Western colleagues tried in every possible way to politicize this statement and tried to sneak in language that would indicate condemnation of the actions of the Russian Federation on behalf of the entire G20, including us,” he said. The draft now includes both the Western and Russian views on the war in Ukraine.
The draft also states that, in the view of most G-20 members, the war will exacerbate problems in the global economy and, for example, weaken growth and cause inflation to rise. It does not say who the majority of the G-20 members are.
Strong words about nuclear threats
Russia also agrees that the final declaration states that not only the use of nuclear weapons but also the threat of their use is inadmissible. More recently, the illegal annexation of four occupied Ukrainian territories had concerns about one Russian use of nuclear weapons enthusiastic.
At the opening meeting, Xi Jinping called for unity in the G20. Cooperation should replace confrontation. For example, in view of the corona pandemic, the global economy is becoming more vulnerable. The geopolitical environment remains tense. The food and energy crises reinforced each other.
Xi Jinping held intensive discussions with US President Joe Biden on Monday approximately three hours before the start of the G-20 summit in Bali. It was the first face-to-face meeting since Biden entered the White House about two years ago. Relations have recently been described as icy. While Beijing takes a tough stance, it is still trying to improve relations with the US and the EU to advance its own development.
Are you or someone you know worried about the war in Ukraine?
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Questions and answers about the war in Ukraine (State Secretariat for Migration)
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Dealing handConcerns hotline, tel. 143
For the youthcouncil for children and youth, phone number 147
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