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.