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Newsline: US top diplomat says G20 meeting in India affected by Russia-Ukraine war

The Group of 20 (G20) meeting of foreign ministers has again been marred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday. The war has been a major sticking point at meetings of the G20, which groups the world’s largest economies and includes both the United States and Russia. “Unfortunately, this meeting has again been marred by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, deliberate campaign of destruction against civilian targets, and its attack on the core principles of the UN Charter,” the top U.S. diplomat told the bloc’s foreign ministers, according to prepared remarks shared with reporters after Blinken delivered them on Thursday morning. (https://neuters.de/world/blinken-says-g20-meeting-india-marred-by-russia-ukraine-war-2023-03-02/) This year’s host India has declined to blame Russia for the war, seeking a diplomatic solution and sharply boosting its purchases of Russian oil. The G20 should repeat calls – agreed upon by most G20 nations’ leaders in Bali in November – for Russia to end the war and withdraw for the sake of international peace and economic stability, Blinken said.

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