[February 25, 2023](Comprehensive report by Epoch Times reporter Li Yan) On Saturday (February 25),twenty countriesGroup (G20) finance ministers strongly condemned Moscow’s war against Ukraine, and only Chinese and Russian representatives refused to sign a joint statement on it.
At the end of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors’ economic summit in Bengaluru on Saturday, India, which holds the rotating presidency, said in a statement that the statement condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine was received by all members except China and Russia. agree with.
“Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and emphasized that it is causing great human suffering and exacerbating existing vulnerabilities in the global economy.” and food insecurity.
“There are other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions,” the statement said. Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine War, the CCP has never condemned Russia’s invasion, but has accused more than 30 countries including the United States and Europe of imposing sanctions on Russia aimed at curbing the war.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Reuters earlier that condemning the Russian statement was “absolutely necessary.” China and Russia do not want the G20 platform to be used to discuss “political” matters, two delegates told Reuters.
Russia has called its war in Ukraine a “special military operation” and has refused to call it an “invasion” or a “war”.
German Finance Minister Christian Lindner told reporters after Saturday’s meeting that it was “regrettable” that China blocked a G20 communiqué condemning Russia’s war on Ukraine.
“But to me it’s even more important that all the other countries take a clear stand on international law, multilateralism and ending wars,” Lindner said.
Apart fromgroup of seven(G7), the G20 group also includes countries such as Australia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
India calls for peaceful dialogue
India has largely maintained a neutral stance on the issue of the Russia-Ukraine war, refusing to accuse Russia of intrusions, and has substantially increased its purchases of Russian oil while seeking a diplomatic solution.
China and India were among the countries that abstained on Thursday when the United Nations overwhelmingly demanded Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine and halt the fighting.
At the summit, India stuck to language on conflict in last year’s G20 leaders’ declaration in Bali, saying the G20 was not a forum for addressing security issues, while acknowledging that the issues have a major impact on the global economy.
“Peaceful resolution of conflicts and efforts to resolve crises, as well as diplomacy and dialogue, are of paramount importance. Today’s era must not be an era of war,” India said in a presidency statement. This again echoes what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said before.
“The present era must not be war (the era).” That was Modi’s statement at the G20 summit that ended on November 16 last year, and it was also what he told Putin during his regional summit in Uzbekistan last September.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is due to visit India next week, said countries such as India, one of those with historical ties to Moscow, were moving away from Russia. New Delhi is willing to play a bigger role in engaging with all parties.
On November 15 last year, in his opening speech at the G20 summit, Modi called on leaders of all countries to “find a way to return to the path of ceasefire and diplomacy in Ukraine.”
EU to impose new round of sanctions on Russia
The European Union on Saturday adopted a new round of sanctions over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, targeting 121 individuals and entities, including an Iranian drone maker.
This is the tenth round of sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, aimed at weakening Russia’s financial capacity and military supplies to sustain the war.
The measures echo sanctions announced by the United States and Britain on Friday and follow up on the G7 statement.
In its statement, the G7 statement warned that any country that abets Russia in the war will be punished.
Responsible editor: Lin Yan#