The high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, stated this Friday that the G20 has become a geopolitical forum where they appear “the same flaws as others”, a day after the meeting of the group’s foreign ministers was left without a joint agreement due to the tension over the war in Ukraine.
“The G20 has a specific role to play, but it is no longer an economic forum, it has become a geopolitical forum.Borrel said in New Delhi during a speech at the Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual geopolitical conference, co-hosted by the Foreign Ministry and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
Despite the lack of understanding between the G20 foreign ministerswhich was left without consensus, as happened last week at the Finance meeting in the Indian city of bangaloreBorrell indicated that “there has been a great improvement” in front of last year’s Bali leaders’ summit.
“In Bali, the (Russian foreign) minister lavrov He came, he talked and he left. At least this time she stayed and listened,” she noted.
He High Representative of the EU found that the foreign ministers of the G20 “they found the same flaws as in other forums”, with the tension between USA with their allies West and Russia about the war in Ukraine, as well as the frictions between washington and beijing.
“In today’s world we have two trends (…) one is the competition between China and the US, which is going to be one of the great strategic forces of this century and it is going to increase, and the second is that we do not live not in a multilateral but a multipolar world”, he said.
The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenblamed Russia and its actions in Ukraine as responsible for the failures in multilateral systemswhile lavrov accused the West of frustrating the passage of a joint declaration.
China, for its part, denounced the US for “Feed the Flames of War” when sending weapons to Ukraine.
In response, Australia called on the Beijing regime to use its leadership “responsibly” to end the Russian invasion of Ukrainein addition to urging that “do the right thing” and do not consider the possibility of provide arms to Russiaaffirmed the foreign minister of the oceanic country, Penny Wong.
“President Zelensky has said that he wants to believe that China will do the right thing and not supply Russia with weapons.. That’s not just Australia’s call, but every country’s call,” Wong said.
The minister, who is in full swing to normalize bilateral relations with Beijing, which had been frozen in 2018 for various issues, remarked that “the world expects responsible leadership from China as far as Ukraine is concerned, especially considering its close relationship with Russia.”
However, he pointed out that the end of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, “lies at the feet of Russia.”
Wong did not directly allude to the accusations made by the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenwho assured in the middle of last month that his country is concerned that China ‘is considering providing lethal support’ to Russiaa fear that was shared by the European Union, but denied by Beijing.
The war in Ukraine is one of the critical issues of the g20 meetingwhich brings together the world’s greatest powers and which is currently divided by the divergent positions between Washington and their allies on one side and Moscowwhich has the support of China, when it comes to reaching agreements on this conflict.
The strong positions of Russia and the US were from the beginning a concern for India, the group’s rotating presidency and host of the event, which tried hard to allow fundamental issues such as the food and energy crisis, which especially affects developing nations, to , will not be obscured by a lack of agreement.
(With information from EFE)
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