A handshake, a smile and a slap on the arm
Lavrov warmly received at the G20 summit
How Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would behave at the G20 summit – and how he would be received in light of the Ukraine war – was eagerly awaited.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (right) received Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Bali.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (72) arrived on Tuesday morning as one of the last guests at the opening of the G20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (61) welcomed a grinning Lavrov with a pat on the arm and a long handshake.
Due to Russia’s war against Ukraine, the eyes of the meeting of 20 leading industrialized and developing countries are mainly focused on Lavrov, who is participating instead of the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin (70).
Lavrov will speak several times
According to Lavrov, he plans to make several appearances at the G20 meeting on Tuesday, and according to Russian state media, he wanted to leave again in the evening.
There were earlier reports in Bali that the 72-year-old Russian – one of the world’s longest-serving foreign ministers – had to be hospitalized after arriving on Sunday.
The war in Ukraine is condemned
The summit is primarily about Russia’s war against Ukraine and the economic consequences, such as the sharp rise in energy prices around the world. In a video released on Monday, Lavrov said: “We will adopt the final statement tomorrow.”
According to information from the German Press Agency, despite Moscow’s initial resistance, the EU and Western countries managed to sharply condemn the Russian war against Ukraine in the text. (SDA/euc)