G20 talks end without consensus on Ukraine war

Russia and China objected to two paragraphs from last year's G-20 declaration from Bali.

Published: March 2, 2023 11:43am

Updated: March 2, 2023 1:00pm

Senior officials from the Group of 20 nations ended their meeting Thursday in New Delhi without coming to a consensus about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, India's foreign minister said.

The countries had "divergences" about ideas regarding the Ukraine war that they "could not reconcile as various parties held differing views," India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said, according to The Associated Press.

"If we had a perfect meeting of minds on all issues, it would have been a collective statement," he also said.

Russia and China objected to two paragraphs from last year's G-20 declaration from Bali, a summary of Tuesday's meeting stated. The paragraphs said that the Ukraine war was the cause of human suffering and was exacerbating fragilities in the global economy. The paragraphs also stressed the importance of international law and stated that "the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible."

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke briefly with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the meeting. Blinken said he urged Russia to end the war in Ukraine, not suspend its participation in the New START nuclear treaty and to release detained former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.

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