Representatives of the West refused to discuss the problems of the world economy. In the words of Sergey Lavrov, they made "rabid criticism" of Russia's military special operation in Ukraine.
"Aggressors", "invaders", "occupiers" - we heard a lot of things at the plenary session today, - the Russian Foreign Minister was indignant. “And as a result, all together missed the chance to solve global economic problems.”
The main topic of Lavrov's speech during communication with the press at the G20 was the crisis in Ukraine. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that if Western countries want to achieve a military victory for Ukraine, then Russia has nothing to talk about with their representatives.
The day before, in Bali, diplomats from some EU countries, the United States and Japan refused to participate in a gala dinner organized by the host, due to the presence of Sergey Lavrov.
The demarche was also made by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken , who said that he would not take part in the traditional joint photographing if the Russian Foreign Minister was there. The hosts of the forum have canceled the shooting.
Speaking at the meeting, UN Secretary General António Guterres, highlighted by Al Jazeera , lamented that “today the world is in big trouble” due to multiplying problems, including the coronavirus pandemic and events in Ukraine. And only together we can return to normal coexistence.
The Kommersant newspaper recalled that delegates from the United States and other Western countries announced in advance their intention to avoid contacts with Russian G20 participants. Against the backdrop of a special operation in Ukraine, a number of states called for the exclusion of Russia from the G20, the club of the largest developed and developing economies in the world. But it didn't go away. As a result, the G20 participants were divided into two groups - those who sharply condemned Moscow's actions, and those who took a neutral position.
The first camp included Australia, Great Britain, Germany, the European Union (it is included in the G20 as a separate unit), Italy, Canada, the USA, France, South Korea and Japan. In the second - Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and South Africa.
Taking into account Russia itself, it actually turned out to be G10 against G10, Kommersant notes.
Having failed to expel Russia, diplomats from the countries of the first camp for some time seriously discussed the idea of refusing to come to Bali themselves. However, in the end, instead of boycotting the ministerial meeting, they decided to ignore the Russian delegation.
“For the European Union, the G20 remains a key forum where existing global issues are discussed. We cannot allow this body to be destroyed, EU Foreign Service spokeswoman Nabila Massrali said at a briefing.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the meeting, Sergei Lavrov held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu . On the sidelines of the forum, the Russian minister also actively communicated with diplomats from other countries, Reuters reported.
The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Reuters that "no communiqué is expected to be adopted" at the end of Friday's meeting of G20 foreign ministers.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova , confirmed to reporters that Sergey Lavrov left the G20 summit in Indonesia. The reasons, writes rambler.ru , are not explained.