Borrell said that the position of the EU on Ukraine does not prevail among the G20 countries

He noted that the G20 countries condemn the conduct of the operation by Russia, but many refrain from making stronger statements and taking action. According to Borrell, they fear the consequences for themselves and want to maintain relations with Russia jpg” alt=”Borrell said that the position of the EU on Ukraine does not prevail among the G20 countries” />

Josep Borrell

The position of the EU and the G7 countries regarding the Russian operation in Ukraine, which consists in condemning Moscow and imposing sanctions, does not yet prevail among the G20 countries, said EU diplomat Josep Borrell. He wrote about this in his blog following the results of the summit at the level of ministers of the G20 countries, which was held in Indonesia.

“The global battle of narratives is in full swing, and so far we have not won. As the EU, we must continue to work on refuting Russian lies and military propaganda, clarifying who is responsible for the aggression and, therefore, for its consequences,— wrote Borrell.

He recalled that in March, 140 states, including members of the G20, supported a resolution condemning the Russian military operation. However, opinions differ on what measures to take next and what consequences this crisis will lead to, Borrell stressed.

“In principle, everyone condemns the encroachment on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country. But when it comes to naming the aggressor and pointing out who is responsible for the consequences, many for various reasons refrain from doing so. complained Borrell. According to him, some countries are more concerned about the consequences of hostilities for themselves, and not about who is responsible for these difficulties and how to resolve the situation with Ukraine, while others want to maintain good relations with Russia.

“And many remain undecided and unwilling to take sides because it would jeopardize their geopolitical interests,” added the head of EU diplomacy.

In addition to the EU, the G20 also includes Mexico, Argentina, India, Indonesia, Italy, Russia, Turkey, South Korea, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and other countries.

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Russia was represented at the Indonesian summit by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Reuters, citing a member of the Ukrainian delegation, wrote that Lavrov left the G20 meeting during a speech via video link by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. Later, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, explained that the minister was absent from the meeting, as he held bilateral meetings with colleagues from other countries.

According to Kyodo, during the summit, the US Secretary of State and some other ministers avoided taking pictures with Lavrov , so the traditional group photo was cancelled. The Russian Foreign Minister said that “he did not invite anyone to be photographed.”

Also, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that the ministers of the G7 countries refused to take part in the gala dinner during the G20 meeting because of Lavrov's presence there.

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