The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, affirmed this Saturday in Bali that he did not see “any sign that Russia is ready for diplomacy” that would end the war unleashed in Ukraine. for the Russian invasion.
“Our goal is clear, and that is to make sure that Let’s continue to pressure Russia to engage in committed diplomatic activity”, Blinken said at a press conference a day after participating in the G20 foreign ministers meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali, which was also attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“If there is any opportunity for diplomacy, we will use it,” added Blinken, for whom it is not like that now “in any way”, after many of those attending the G20 meeting, focused on the war in Ukraine, criticized that Lavrov did not stay after giving his speech to listen to the participation of the rest of the group.
On the other hand, Blinken assured this Saturday that he transmitted to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yiduring a meeting held on the Indonesian island of Bali, which his country follows “concerned about China‘s alignment with Russia”, regarding the invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken made these remarks during a press conference after holding a five-hour meeting with Wang today, one day after the conclusion of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting, which was also attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“Beijing says that it is neutral, but I tell them that it is very difficult to remain neutral in the face of such aggression”Blinken remarked on China’s position in the face of the conflict caused by Russia, whom “it continues to protect in international organizations and echoing its propaganda.”
On Friday, Lavrov left the G20 meeting during the speech of his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbockin which he criticized Moscow for its war in Ukraine, diplomatic sources said.
Lavrov was also not present during a session in which the Ukrainian Foreign Minister participated remotely or when Blinken condemned Russia.several diplomatic sources informed the AFP.
The diplomat sent by Putin left the meeting room immediately after his speech, according to delegation sources. He also evaded Baerbock’s response, according to information from the German outlet Spiegel.
The German minister lashed out at her counterpart and said that the abandonment of the meeting “demonstrates Russia’s unwillingness to resolve the conflict”.
Lavrov rejected what he called West’s “delusional” criticism of the war in Ukraine at a G20 meetingberating Russia’s rivals for failing to address global economic issues.
“During the discussion, the Western partners avoided following the G20 mandate to deal with issues of the world economy,” Lavrov said.
The Russian minister said that the West’s discourse “almost immediately drifted, as soon as (their representatives) took the floor, towards the delirious criticism of the Russian Federation in relation to the situation in Ukraine. ‘Aggressors’, ‘invaders’, ‘occupants’, (…) we have heard many things today,” Lavrov said.
“There is a rabid russophobiato which they resort instead of finding the much-needed common ground on key issues of the world economy and finances, for which the G20 was created,” the foreign minister told reporters.
Nevertheless, there were countries that did accept meetings in another tone with the Russian foreign minister: on Thursday he had a meeting with Wang Yi, head of China’s foreign policy Chinaanother with Mevlut Cavusoglu, from Turkeyand a dialogue with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of ArgentinaSantiago Cafiero.
(With information from EFE)
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