War in Ukraine takes center stage at G20 talks in Delhi

Discussions regarding Russia’s conflict in Ukraine have taken center stage during G20 talks in Delhi, despite India’s Prime Minister calling on foreign ministers to set aside their differences.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his displeasure with the meeting, citing Russia’s “unwarranted and unjustified war,” the BBC reported.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the West for “dismissing” an agreement that would have permitted certain Ukrainian grain exports.

“We are meeting at a time of deep global divisions,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, urging delegates to find common ground, the BBC reported.

“After years of progress, we are at risk today of moving back on the sustainable development goals. Many developing countries are struggling with unsustainable debts while trying to ensure food and energy security,” he said.

“They are also most affected by global warming caused by richer countries. This is why India’s G20 presidency has tried to give a voice to the Global South.”

Previously, Narendra Modi addressed the need to assist developing nations, stating that those in attendance held a duty towards them.

As per the written statement shared with journalists following his speech at the private gathering, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated, “For the betterment of global peace and economic stability, it is imperative that we continue to urge Russia to cease its aggressive warfare and withdraw from Ukraine,” Reuters reports.

“Unfortunately, this meeting has again been marred by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine,” Blinken said, per Reuters.

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