G20’s final declaration talks stuck over condemning Russia


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 over Ukraine in the final declaration of the G20 Bali Summit, which begins on Tuesday.

These G20 member states from the Global South do not want to condemn Russia in the final declaration of the summit which is currently being negotiated, said people familiar with the matter.

The Indonesian President, who is the host of the G20 Summit, has asked the Western leaders to tone down their rhetoric against Russia. There have been differences between the West and Global South over Russia’s operation in Ukraine, leading to tough negotiations for joint communique in the run up to the summit.

G20 sherpas are in the middle of talks on a joint communique over paragraphs that deal with Russia’s operation in Ukraine that would be acceptable to all sides, said the people.

On Sunday, foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra said “whether (it is) the conflict itself or the knock-on effects, in what way it emerges finally in the communique I think remains to be seen because it is still under discussions and negotiations in Bali.”

Russia will be represented at the summit by foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to skip the summit.

Earlier G20 finance, foreign and environment ministers failed to produce a joint communique. The US and Russia failed to agree on language for a joint statement at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in a pre-departure statement Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “During the Bali Summit, I will have extensive discussions with other G20 leaders on key issues of global concern, such as reviving global growth, food & energy security, environment, health, and digital transformation.”

Modi said that he will meet leaders of several other participating countries and review the progress in India’s bilateral relations with them. “I look forward to addressing the Indian community in Bali at a reception on 15 November 2022… I will also extend my personal invitation to G20 members and other invitees to our G20 summit next year.”

The PM said, “India’s G20 presidency will be grounded in the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘One Earth One Family One Future’, which underlines the message of equitable growth and shared future for all.”


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