Russian Foreign Minister: Sergey Lavrov warmly welcomed at the G20 summit

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Russian Foreign MinisterSergey Lavrov warmly welcomed at the G20 summit

A joint final statement is to be made at the G20 summit in Indonesia. Despite Russia’s membership, the draft contains a clear condemnation of the war in Ukraine.

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Friendly welcome: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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Lavrov upon his arrival in Indonesia.

Lavrov upon his arrival in Indonesia.

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“We will accept the final statement”: Lavrov with Widodo.

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As one of the last guests Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived on Tuesday morning for the opening of the G20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali. Indonesian President Joko Widodo greeted a smiling Lavrov with a pat on the arm and a long handshake. Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived before that.

Because Russia’s war against Ukraine At the meeting of 20 leading industrialized and developing countries, all eyes are mainly on Lavrov, who is attending instead of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.

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.

Agreement on a draft G20 statement

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.”

Shortly before the start of the G20 summit in Indonesia, the chief negotiators of the European Union and 19 leading economic powers agreed on a draft joint final declaration. EU Council President Charles Michel confirmed this at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

According to information from the German press agency, despite Moscow’s initial resistance, the EU and Western states managed to sharply condemn the Russian war against Ukraine in the text.

The evening before, diplomats said Russia was ready to accept such a passage. According to a Western diplomat, the Russian attack should clearly be described as a war – and not as a special military operation, as Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin said.

A broad coalition is required within the G20

A senior US official said on Tuesday that it was a strong condemnation of most members of the G20 group. The emphasis was placed on creating the broadest possible coalition within the G20. This was successful.

The US official said: “I think most G20 members will make it clear that they condemn Russia’s war against Ukraine and that they see the war in Ukraine as the cause of immense economic and humanitarian suffering in the country, they see the world.”

Russia’s approval of the draft text was seen as a sign that Moscow can no longer count on the support of even its powerful partner China when it comes to Ukraine in the G20 group.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has already hinted that Russia will make concessions on Monday. He said in a video from his ministry that the final statement would be accepted.

The use of nuclear weapons “inadmissible”

“This year we also experienced the war in Ukraine, which further affected the global economy,” the G20 paper said.

In addition, according to Monday evening, Russia accepted that the final declaration quotes from the UN resolution on the war. In this, the war is strongly condemned and Russia is asked to withdraw its troops.

Putin’s chief negotiator is said to have also agreed that the use of nuclear weapons should be declared inadmissible in the final declaration.

In addition to the EU, Germany, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the USA are represented at the two-day G20 summit .

The “Group of 20” together account for nearly two-thirds of the world’s population, three-quarters of world trade and four-fifths of global economic power. The annual summit has been held since 2008. The G20 group now deals with many other global issues in addition to economic and financial issues.

(DPA/chk)

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