For its part, the United States has asked Russia to “allow wheat to leave Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he would not “go after” the United States for talks after his counterpart, Anthony Blinken, refused to meet him at the G20 meeting. in Indonesia.
“It is not the United States that has given up contacts, it is not the United States,” Lavrov told reporters in a meeting on the island of Bali. “We are not running after anyone to suggest meetings,” she added.
The United States worked to isolate Russia in the international arena and Blinken’s circle made it clear that there was no point in holding talks with the Russian minister as long as Moscow continued its offensive. in Ukraine. Lavrov welcomed Indonesia’s neutral stance, but denounced the approach of the Western members of the Group of Twenty. “Our Western partners are trying to avoid talking about global economic issues,” he said.
“As soon as they speak, they immediately launch unbridled criticism of Russia on the situation in Ukraine and describe us as aggressors “, he added. He stressed that” everyone called us to end this process and reach a peaceful solution, but despite this position of our Western colleagues, the discussions were useful “.
German Foreign Minister Annalina Birbock has criticized Moscow, saying she opposes dialogue with international partners after diplomats said her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov left the classroom while addressing a G20 meeting. Ukraine has warned the spokesman responsible for European foreign affairs Josep Borrell.
The US secretary of state will try to reopen dialogue with Beijing through talks with his counterpart Wang Yi scheduled for Saturday, after months of tension linked to various files, including Taiwan.
Indonesian call to end the war
Indonesia, host country of the G20’s questyear, he called for an end to the war in Ukraine at the opening of a meeting of the group’s foreign ministers in Bali, in waiting for tense discussions.
“It is our responsibility to end the war as quickly as possible and resolve our differences at the negotiating table, not on the battlefield,” said Retno Marsudi, Indonesia’s foreign minister.
He added that the repercussions of the war “are visible in Worldwide in terms of food, energy e budget.
As usual, poor countries e in via development are the most affected “. The United States, backed by its Western allies, has called for Russia’s exclusion from international forums.
But Indonesia, which wants to maintain a neutral position, in as host country of the Group of Twenty, it confirmed the invitation to the Russian Foreign Minister. He also invited his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, who will attend online.
The last meeting between Blinken and Lavrov dates back to February in Geneva, where the US Secretary of State had warned Russia in that moment of enormous consequences if he invaded Ukraine, which he did on February 24th.
This meeting paves the way for a summit of presidents and leaders in November. The United States will take the opportunity of their call to launch a campaign aimed at isolating Russia as much as possible on the international scene, especially among countries in via of development, in particularly India.