Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi addresses the participants of the G20 meeting on about. Bali, Indonesia, July 8, 2022 (Photo by REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Pool) The war in Ukraine was discussed at almost all meetings within the G20
The Russian Foreign Minister did not attend most of the afternoon session, and Western diplomats refused a group photo due to the presence of Sergey Lavrov
The war in Ukraine was discussed at almost all bilateral meetings within the framework of the forum of foreign ministers of the Great G20, which took place on Friday in the Indonesian island of Bali, said Retno Marsudi, the Indonesian Foreign Minister, who chaired the meeting.
Some participants condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities through diplomacy and negotiations, the Indonesian Foreign Minister added.
Retno Marsudi appreciated the fact that G20 colleagues were personally present at the meeting, especially given the global tension created by the war in Ukraine. According to her, such decisions should not be taken lightly.
Marsudi added that food and energy security, as well as the reintegration of grains and fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia into global supply chains, are critical.
According to senior State Department official, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in his speech at a meeting of diplomats The G20 said that if the G20 members want the group to remain viable, they must hold Russia accountable for Moscow's war in Ukraine.
A Reuters source added that Blinken stressed the need for a global food security plan in his speech, saying that Russia is trying to undermine the work of international institutions that have been strengthened thanks to the efforts of the United States.
Meanwhile, the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell told reporters that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not attend most of the G20 afternoon session in Bali and left the room after his speech on the foreign policy of the European Union.
Borrell believes that the fact that Lavrov read out his speech and left without waiting for comments speaks of a “not very respectful” attitude towards colleagues. Lavrov reproached Western countries for “rabid criticism” of Moscow's actions.
According to the Japanese news agency Kyodo, forum participants in Bali refused to take a traditional group photo due to the presence of the Russian Foreign Minister. According to the agency, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and ministers from a number of Western countries preferred to avoid joint photo and video shooting with Sergey Lavrov. The Russian side did not comment on this fact.