Ukrainian Canadian Congress calls for the expulsion of Russia from the G20 | War in Ukraine

Ukrainian Canadian Congress calls for Russia's expulsion from G20 | War in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a television interview in June.

President of the Ukrainian Congress of Canada, Alexandra Chyczij, has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to lead a global campaign to expel Russia from the forum of the world's largest economies.

Ms. Chyczij claimed that Russia is using the G20 as a platform to lie about the reasons for its invasion of Ukraine.

She also said that keeping Russia in the table talks would make it difficult for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to attend the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia next November as a guest.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Alexandra Chyczij calls on Ottawa to international campaign to strip Russia of its right to sit in the G20.

Last week, Trudeau said Canada would attend the G20 leaders' meeting in November, even though President Vladimir Putin was also attending, saying it was important to counter the voice Russia will have to this table.

In 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he wanted leaders to expel Russia from the G8 group of industrialized nations after it annexed Crimea . After Russia's membership was suspended indefinitely, the remaining nations became known as the G7.

According to Ms. Chyczij, Canada should show the same bold leadership by calling for Russia's withdrawal from the G20.

Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly will participate in the meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Indonesia this week, and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov is also expected to be there. The latter has been one of the most vocal supporters of the invasion and justifications of President Putin.

When asked if she would shake hands with Mr. Lavrov, Ms. Joly said she would not, but said she planned to use the opportunity to speak out. Russian lies about the invasion.

In March, Minister Joly joined others in leaving a United Nations meeting in Geneva when Mr. Lavrov, against whom Canada had imposed sanctions a few days earlier, began to speak.

In April, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland took part in a withdrawal from a G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Washington to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In May, International Trade Minister Mary Ng joined her counterparts from the United States, Australia, Japan and New Zealand in leaving an Economic Cooperation meeting for Asia-Pacific in Bangkok when the Russian representative started talking.

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