The war in Ukraine weighs heavily on the G20 meeting in Indonesia | War in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine weighs heavily on the G20 meeting in Indonesia | War in Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on his arrival at the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bali.

Indonesia, the host country of the G20 this year, called for an end to the war in Ukraine on Friday at the opening of a meeting of the group's diplomacy chiefs being held in Bali. /p>

It is our responsibility to end the war as soon as possible and settle our differences at the negotiating table, not on the battlefield, said the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, in the presence of his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

The effect of war is being felt around the world, on food, energy and budgets, she pointed out. And as always, poor and developing countries are the most affected.

The United States, supported by some of its Western allies, had called for Russia to be excluded international forums.

Indonesia, which wants to maintain a position of neutrality as the host country of the G20, has however confirmed its invitation to the Russian Foreign Minister, but has also invited his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, who will participate online.< /p>

The heads of diplomacy from the G20 have started a meeting which promises to be tense with the participation of the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Russian counterpart who does not s& #x27;were not seen since the start of the war in Ukraine.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bali .

Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its repercussions across the world on the economy and geopolitics are going to be the focus of discussions, but the search for a consensus will ;difficult announcement and US and Russian officials have warned that they will not meet as an aside.

This clearly cannot be "business as usual< /em>" regarding Russia's participation in the G20, a US official told AFP.

Washington should campaign during the meeting, which is a prelude at the G20 Heads of State Summit in November, to keep Russia as isolated as possible on the international stage, especially with developing countries like India.

The US Secretary of State will also try to reopen dialogue with Beijing, after months of tension related to several issues, including that of Taiwan. A meeting between Anthony Blinken and his counterpart Wang Yi is scheduled for Saturday.

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