BALI, KOMPAS.com - The foreign ministers of the Group of 20 (G20) countries are attending a joint summit on Friday, July 8, on the Indonesian island of Bali, amid tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in attendance despite objections from Western and Japanese leaders. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi did not attend the reception in protest of Lavrov’s presence.
However, the Russian Foreign Ministry told DPA that Lavrov would leave the meeting early after holding bilateral talks and addressing the press.
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Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi urged for a negotiated end to the war in Ukraine.
“It is our responsibility to end the war sooner than later and settle our differences at the negotiating table, not at the battlefield,” Retno said at the opening of talks.
She added that it was important for Indonesia as the host to “create an atmosphere that’s comfortable for everybody.”
As Lavrov shook hands with Marsudi before the meeting began, journalists asked Lavrov: “When will you stop the war?” and “Why don’t you stop the war?”
Several Western ministers, including German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have ruled out meeting the Kremlin’s top diplomat. They boycotted a dinner held on Thursday evening due to Lavrov’s presence.
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