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Russia and China refuse joint final statement by G-20 foreign ministers

According to several states, there will be no joint final declaration at the meeting of the G-20 foreign ministers in New Delhi because of the Ukraine war.

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Russia and China refuse joint final statement by G-20 foreign ministers

According to several states, there will be no joint final declaration at the meeting of the G-20 foreign ministers in New Delhi because of the Ukraine war. The Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Thursday: "There were divergences on the subject (...) of the Ukraine conflict, there were differences that we could not settle between the various participants." Instead, India wants to write a summary of the conference. Russia and China had refused to endorse a joint statement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blamed the West. "The statement has been blocked and the outcome of the discussion will be described in the summary spoken of by the Indian Presidential Office," Lavrov told the press after Thursday's talks.

According to Russian sources, the discussion about a joint statement failed, among other things, because Russia insisted on an investigation to clarify who sabotaged the Nord Stream pipeline last year, Lavrov said. The West has bad manners and would only work with "blackmail and threats," he said.

China said it would support Russia in blocking a joint statement. Both countries were the only G-20 members to reject the phrase of a "complete and unconditional withdrawal (of Russian troops) from the territory of Ukraine" in the statement.

India, which has not condemned Russia's war in Ukraine, wanted to use its G-20 presidency to focus on issues such as poverty reduction and climate finance. But the Russian offensive in Ukraine and its effects now determined the agenda.

At a meeting in India last week, the G-20 finance ministers were also unable to agree on a joint final declaration due to differences of opinion over the Ukraine war.

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