According to diplomatic sources, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walked out of the G20 meeting on Friday (7/8/2022) during a speech by German Minister Annalena Baerbach in which he criticized Moscow for the war in Ukraine.
Lavrov was not present during the session, in which the Ukrainian foreign minister participated remotely, nor when US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned Russia.
“Not a millimeter of desire to converse”
At the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali, attended by Russia, the United States and its Western allies stepped up pressure on Russia to end the war in Ukraine. “What we’ve heard today is a huge chorus not just from America, but from around the world … about the need to end the occupation,” Antony Blinken told reporters.
For her part, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach accused Sergey Lavrov of walking out of the G20 meeting and refusing dialogue. “The fact that the Russian foreign minister has spent most of the discussion not here in the chamber, but outside it, underscores that there is not a millimeter of desire for dialogue on the part of the Russian government,” Barbok said. said.
A very clear call to Russia
Beerbock insisted that Lavrov was not ahead of the curve on the critical issue of how to tackle the global food crisis. “Therefore, as the leading industrialized countries of the G7, it is even more important now to collectively support the countries of the Global South, as we ensure that already affected populations do not suffer from deeper, deeper famines.” .
A majority of delegates attending the meeting condemned “Russia’s brutal war of aggression” as the greatest current danger, Baerbach said. “The call of the 19 countries (of the G20) was very clear to Russia: this war must end,” said the head of German diplomacy.
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