The G20 leaders condemn in the strongest possible terms the war in Ukraine

The G20 leaders condemn in the strongest possible terms the war in Ukraine

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – G20 leaders on Wednesday “strongly condemned” the war in Ukraine in a joint statement adopted at the end of their two-day summit in Bali, Indonesia.

“Most” members of the Group of Twenty Great Economic Powers “strongly condemned the war in Ukraine,” the text said, implying that Russia, which is a member of the group, opposed the wording.

The position of China and India, who abstained from voting on a similar resolution at the United Nations last March, was not immediately known.

According to at least three diplomatic sources, the statement, which stressed that there were different views and “differing assessments” of the situation and sanctions, was adopted unanimously.

The text also qualifies the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons as “impermissible”.

“It is important to respect international law and the multilateral system that preserves peace and stability. This includes defending all the aims and principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter,” he adds.

The agenda for the Bali summit was reshuffled to make way for an emergency meeting after a missile fell into Polish territory on Tuesday, killing two people.

US President Joe Biden said after the meeting, which was attended by the heads of state and government of the G7, as well as Spain and the Netherlands, as well as representatives of the European Union, that according to initial information, the explosion was not caused by a Russian missile.

The Associated Press (AP), citing US officials, reported that initial evidence indicates the missile, which fell in eastern Poland, was fired by Ukrainian forces as they targeted a Russian missile.

Poland, which is a member of the Atlantic Alliance, has summoned the Russian ambassador to demand an explanation. Moscow denies any responsibility for the incident. NATO urgently needs to meet tomorrow and its Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, is holding a press conference at 11:30 GMT.

(Reporting by Stanley Widianto, Andreas Rinke and Ananda Teresia, French version by Jean-Stéphane Brosse, edited by Matthieu Protard and Kate Entringer)


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