Sergei Lavrov left Bali and left the G20 before the end of the summit

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The Russian foreign minister, who traveled on behalf of Vladimir Putin, left Indonesia after attending the gala dinner, and will not be present at the event for the signing of the final statement

Sergei Lavrov left Bali and left the G20 before the end of the summit

Sergei Lavrov at gala dinner in Bali (Reuters)

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, left Bali on Tuesday night and left the G20 before the end of the summit, in which he faced reproaches from several world leaders for the invasion of Ukraine.

The foreign minister, still dressed in the traditional shirt worn by leaders in the gala dinner, left and will not be present at the closing ceremony this Wednesday.

Russia faced increasing diplomatic pressure to end the invasion, as G20 allies and critics lamented the painful global impact of nearly nine months of conflict.

The Russian foreign minister, whose preparations for the summit were interrupted by two medical checks in hospital for an undiagnosed ailment, remained in the room throughout the Zelensky's speech, according to diplomatic sources.

In his speech, Lavrov accused the West of “waging a hybrid war against Russia,” blamed neocolonialism for the economic problems facing the world, and accused kyiv of not being realistic in its conditions to resume peace talks.

Sergei Lavrov left Bali and left the G20 before the end of the summit

Lavrov boards the plane to leave Bali

A draft of the statement showed the world's top 20 economies coming together to condemned the effects of the war, but remained divided on how to apportion blame.

The summit has shown that even Russia's allies have limited patience with a conflict that has inflated food and energy prices around the world and raised the specter of nuclear war.

Risking diplomatic isolation, Russia was forced to accept that the “war in Ukraine” – which Moscow refuses to call a war – has “negatively impacted the world economy”.

He also accepted that “the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons” is “inadmissible”, months after President Vladimir Putin made such threats.

The only diplomatic achievement of Lavrov was the acknowledgment in the statement that while “the majority of members” of the G20 condemned Putin's invasion, “there were other views and different assessments.”

The leaders must now sign off on the final text before the summit ends on Wednesday.

In this context of tension and discrepancies due to the war, the Indonesian presidency of the G20 has made commendable efforts to conciliate all the participants and push forward a minimum agreement that allows “save” the summit, as different diplomatic sources agree.

The hosts even asked attendees to avoid gestures such as getting up during the sessions, Michael Vatikiotis, an analyst at the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, told EFE.

The same expert stressed that even now the atmosphere at the G20 summit shows a significant improvement compared to what was seen in previous meetings of the group so far this year or in other international forums, thanks to the work of the Indonesians and the cordial tone established on Monday in the bilateral between the leaders of China and the United States, Xi Jinping and Joe Biden.

Despite this, for the moment the meeting in Bali has passed without those present posing together for a photo of family, although diplomatic sources indicated that it had not yet been decided whether or not an image would come out of the meeting with all the participants shoulder to shoulder. That will no longer be possible without a senior Russian representative present.

(With information from EFE)

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