| 19 June 2024, Wednesday |

Most G20 leaders condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine at summit, some take different view

The Group of 20 (G20) unanimously approved a statement on Wednesday indicating that the majority of its members opposed the war in Ukraine, but the summit’s closing statement also noted that some nations had differing perspectives on the situation.

The heads of the world’s largest economies also concurred on a careful pacing of interest rate increases to prevent ripple effects and issued a warning about “increased volatility” in currency movements.

But it was the Ukraine conflict, which started with a Russian invasion in February, that dominated the two-day summit on the Indonesian island of Bali.

“Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine,” the leaders said in their declaration, signalling that Russia, which is a member of G20, opposed the wording.

The declaration recognized that “there were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions” but three diplomats said it was unanimously adopted.

The G20 leaders also said in the declaration that the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons was “inadmissible”.

The Chinese government had no immediate comment on the declaration but its state media published a translation of it in Chinese.

  • Reuters