G20 communique may echo PM Modi’s views on Russia-Ukraine conflict


India played a key role in framing G20‘s response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, helping arrive at a consensus between views of the Global South and West on the issue, people familiar with the development told ET.

The G20 Communique from the Bali Summit, which is in the process of being finalised, is likely to broadly adopt Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s views on the conflict at Samarkand in September when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin, they said.

He had then said today is ‘not an era of war’ and condemned any threat of the use of the nuke option. The ‘not an era of war’ was a general reference and not aimed at any country.

“The use or threat of use of the nuclear option is inadmissible. The peaceful resolution of conflicts as well as diplomacy and dialogue are vital. Today’s era must not be of war,” the final G20 communique is likely to say, an official told ET.

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New Delhi has also convinced Russia to agree to back generic condemnation of Ukraine war, another official told ET.

Indonesia as the host of the G20 presidency also played a key role in achieving balance in the joint communique that is expected to be issued on Wednesday at the end of the summit in Bali.

ET had reported that India has joined China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and some other emerging markets of G20 to oppose a move by the Western bloc in the group to condemn Russia in specific terms over Ukraine.

India’s consensus-building effort comes as the country is set to take over the chairmanship of the grouping from Indonesia.

The draft communique to be presented to the heads of states of the grouping’s membership on Wednesday contains a political preamble drawing from the United Nations statement on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Hectic discussions had been going on for the last five days to reach a consensus on the crucial statement.

The Indian delegation’s effort was to steer the G20 focus back on economic issues.

“It took two days to convince the G-7 on the language of this paragraph on the conflict,” the official said, adding that the Indian delegation led by sherpa Amitabh Kant wanted to ensure that the economic and financial agenda remains central to G20.

Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Mexico joined India in convincing the G-7 to go with the stance taken by the UN.

“The communique has to be decided with consensus,” the official said, adding that it is crucial for the entire membership to endorse it.


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