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Newsline: G-20 top diplomats struggle for unity

Deeply divided top diplomats from the world’s richest and largest developing nations struggled to find common ground Friday over Russia’s war in Ukraine and how to deal with its global impacts. Group of 20 foreign ministers heard an emotional plea for unity and an end to the war from their Indonesian host. All the main players were there, marking the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and many others have been in the same room. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi urged the group — which included Lavrov, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Blinken and several European counterparts — to overcome mistrust for the sake of a planet confronting multiple challenges from coronavirus to climate change as well as Ukraine. (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/g-20-diplomats-struggle-for-unity-on-ukraine-01657266414) Yet, consensus appeared to remain elusive amid deepening East-West splits driven by China and Russia on one side and the United States and Europe on the other.

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