At the end of the Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, the group released a joint declaration that said “most members” condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine but acknowledged there are differing views, as Moscow is a G20 member.
The declaration reads: “Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy.”
It added that there were “other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions. Recognizing that the G20 is not the forum to resolve security issues, we acknowledge that security issues can have significant consequences for the global economy.”
It wasn’t clear if the G20 leaders would issue a joint statement as a previous summit of G20 foreign ministers failed to do so over divisions about the war in Ukraine. Other G20 members besides Russia have been hesitant to condemn the war, including China. Many members have not followed the US in sanctioning Russia, including China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia.
A day earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who attended the summit for Vladimir Putin, accused the West of trying to “politicize” the joint declaration, but the Kremlin said Wednesday that it was satisfied with what was released. “Different approaches and different views on the issue were taken into account and recorded in the declaration,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
35 thoughts on “G20 Declaration Says ‘Most Members’ Condemn Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine”
I thought the whole world was united?
No, not “the whole world”, the official formula is “the world community”.
What did Klaus Schwab say? He attended and spoke at G20 summit.
“You will own nothing and love it! Let them eat crickets!”
From the horse’s mouth:
G20 members that did not condemn Russia for the war in Ukraine comprises more than half of the world population.
“Most” comes from 11 being US sllies. So, “most” came to G-20 meeting not to address global economic and trade concerns, but to bang in snd on in Ukraine.
Good they issued declaration — G20 will probably die here in Bali. It was Obama brainchild to expand moribund G7, with an expanded set of supplicants extending US leadership.
But it is getting to the point of wasting everyone’s time.
yeah and it looks like UN is heading in same directions as League of Nations.
I need to remember the typo.
UN is at present a battlefield. With sn increased a palpably increasing discomfort of the Rest usually rooed in to vote with the West. But the ropes are fraying.
UN will eventually be overtaken by irrelevance, Its GA voting already a laughable play for time.
Hiwever, China and Russia use veto power to prevent, slow down or degrade some of NATO troika worst impulses.
Personally, I don’t want UN to expire. I think it’s a good international discussion forum. That is what it was intended to be and that is what it should remain. It is not a legislative or administrative body. Problem is, imperials are trying to use it to strong-arm the entire world and that is what destroying the UN.
Agree, but the Security Council needs to be reformed -expanded and no permanent members.
That would be nice but reality is that might makes right on a number of issues in international relations. Being a major nuclear power and one of the principal victorious Allies of the Big One means having a veto and that’s not likely to change in the foreseeable future.
Eventually, yes, but only in the context of a truly multipolar world order.
My thinking tends the same way, i.e., not till the age of empires is over and the entire globe Balkanized. Already, thanks to the wealthy elite, the nation-state is in process of disappearing; and with it must go its armies and central banks, … ??
Yes, it will be a better world when large nation-states are things of the past.
I think two books by the remarkable Jane Jacobs (one of my heroes) are useful in developing one’s views on related questions: The Economy of Cities and Cities and the Wealth of Nations.
Thanks, Douglas. Does she argue the end of The Metropolis as a corollary? … or matrix of nation/empire? I’ll check into it. Very provocative area.
I don’t think Jacobs would have abolished nation states, but her analyses (they are multiple, intertwined and complex) can be solid pieces of a foundation for a world of city states. Her work in these volumes is specifically focused on economies.
These two books are the products of a brilliant amateur. Jacobs was not a trained economist, rather she was (mostly) an autodidact and iconoclast who nonetheless produced tour de force analyses and prescriptions in that field. They are far from perfect, but I think of them as essential reading. Here’s a decade-old review, by a non-specialist, of the second of the two books, one that I think is fairly balanced and worthwhile:
It would be derelict of me not to point out that economics is not the field for which Jacobs’ contributions are most celebrated. Those are her contributions to urbanism and urban planning. Her 1961 Death and Life of Great American Cities is seminal and pretty much a bible in the New Urbanism movement. If you are interested in such things, it’s a must-read. If you’re only slightly interested, find a copy and just read the section known as “the Hudson Street ballet,” early in the book.
The Wiki article on Jacobs is pretty good:
I’ve been thinking about that but there is no fair way to rearrange it. I’d want India and Brazil to have a voice in global security. It could be made so there is a representative from each continent but that would cause discord in Europe and Asia and Australia is still an English prison colony.
And no, permanent seats need to stay that way. Variable members would just cause more instability and there is more room for abuse.
What checks and balances would you suggest to prevent one powerful nation from simply taking control of the UN?
Maybe the Madisonian, eh? lords & commons. But you’re right, a very tricky balance.
You can`t have frank International Discussion Forum when the US sets the NARRATIVE every time and uses threats / sanctions to get other countries to toe their line.
The UN is in the pay of the US just as the League of Nations was and just as USELESS.
I celebrate Indonesia and its leaders for refusing to exclude Russia from the G20 meeting. Biden/Blinken’s efforts to “cancel” Russia are not sitting well with most of the countries of this world.
Clearly not. Expressing it in many small and big ways.
To most cultures this behaviour is unnatural. Humans know wars, and destruuction and anger it brings, But everyone knows just how fake this hatred of Russia is m. Based on interest, on entitlement to suoremacy and obeyance of others. Oh yes, this not so subtle message is well understood around the globe.
It is barbarism in its fundamental form. There are no barriers, be that human taboos or social and religious constraints — it s pure hate of whatever obstacle barbarian finds in its way to indulge in might is right.
A cheap, ineffective and utterly hilarious talking shop is all that G20 has been reduced to by the World’s only https://williamblum.org/books/rogue-state/
Most are US LACKEY`S , those who think for themselves din`t vote with the US .
The people of Europe are not happy with their leaders right now. The lackeys running EU countries and the EU itself may find themselves out of a job by this time next year.
Ys, bootlickers, debt slaves and/or fellow gangsters.
“G20 Declaration Says ‘Most Members’ Condemn Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine”
G20 POLITICIANS Out of touch with reality and their citizens who care nothing for Zelensky and Ukraine.
G20 lapdogs acting like conventioneers (with some exceptions). May I ask what accomplishments resulted from this meeting…..
Turned out to be the Xi20 meeting judging by the ignoring of Biden.
The Kremlin that it was satisfied with what was released. “Different approaches and different views on the issue were taken into account and recorded in the declaration,”
nobody ever sanctioned the US for it’s 2 devastating invasions of Iraq.
They can condemn al they want, as long as they accept the history of the West’s manipulations to get us to this point. Was there a similar condemnation of us performing “shock and awe” on the Iraqi population? Scant.
Europe is maturing. Washington is alarmed by the withdrawal of the EU from sanctions
The link that Dave provided here to the actual declaration is much appreciated.
One of the things that stood out for me is how much emphasis the document places on food, agriculture, and sustainability.
The war in Ukraine is not, and never has been, a bona fide threat to our national security. It has been, on multiple levels, about taking resources from someone else.
Ask yourself: Why is Zelensky so rabid about taking land occupied by ethnic Russians. You would think that he’d be content to control the areas occupied by ethnic Ukrainians. The answer, in my opinion, is that 𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 for the natural gas of the Donbas, the manufacturing and agricultural base in those areas, and the deep water oil surrounding Crimea.
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