WRAPUP 4-G20 reviews resolution condemning Russian invasion

(Updates with draft resolution details)

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Most G20 members could strongly condemn the war in Ukraine

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Zelenskiy urges G20 to help end war as part of plan

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Indonesia calls for action on global economic issues

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Xi Jinping will hold meetings with several other Chinese leaders

By Fransiska Nangoy and Stanley Widianto

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, November 15 (Reuters) – Leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) on Tuesday considered a draft resolution in which most members strongly condemn the war in Ukraine and stress that it is exacerbating fragilities in the economy world, diplomats said. said.

“There were other views and different assessments of the situation and the sanctions,” said the 16-page draft statement, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

“Recognizing that the G20 is not the forum to resolve security issues, we recognize that security issues can have significant consequences for the global economy,” he said.

The document still needs to be adopted by the summit and could be modified.

G20 ministers’ meetings in the past have failed to produce joint statements due to disagreement between Russia and other members over language, including how to describe the war in Ukraine.

The summit, being held on the Indonesian island of Bali, marks the first meeting of G20 leaders since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, which Russia described as a “special military operation”.

War and worries about global inflation, food and energy security overshadowed the meeting.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the summit in a virtual address that now is the time to stop Russia’s war in his country “fairly and on the basis of the UN Charter and international law”. .

He called for the restoration of “radiological safety” with regard to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the introduction of price restrictions on Russian energy resources and the expansion of a grain export initiative. He also called for the release of all Ukrainian prisoners.

“Please choose your path to leadership – and together we will surely implement the formula for peace,” he said.

The summit opened earlier in the day with a call from Indonesian President Joko Widodo for unity and concrete actions to fix the global economy despite the deep divisions caused by war.

“We have no other choice, collaboration is necessary to save the world,” he said. “The G20 must be the catalyst for an inclusive economic recovery. We must not divide the world into parts. We must not allow the world to descend into another cold war.”

The G20, which includes countries ranging from the United States, Russia and Brazil to India, Saudi Arabia and Germany, accounts for more than 80% of global gross domestic product, 75% of international trade and 60% of its population.

The war has sparked calls from some Western leaders to boycott the summit and withdraw Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation.

Indonesia resisted, refusing to withdraw Putin’s invitation.

Russia said Putin was too busy to attend the summit with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his place. Lavrov on Monday denied a news agency report that he had been taken to hospital in Bali with a heart condition and was present at the meeting.

However, it was unclear if he remained in the room while Zelenskiy gave his speech.

JOINT DECLARATION IN PROGRESS

On the eve of the summit, US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held a three-hour bilateral meeting during which the two leaders pledged to communicate more frequently despite numerous differences.

Monday’s meeting was the first time the two have met in person since Biden became president and the talks appeared to signal an improvement in superpower relations after a downward spiral in recent months.

Russia’s Xi and Putin have grown increasingly close in recent years and reaffirmed their partnership just days before Russia invaded Ukraine. Nonetheless, China has been careful not to provide any direct material support that could trigger Western sanctions against it.

On Tuesday, Xi told French President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting that China advocates a ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks, Chinese state media reported.

Biden and Xi “underscored their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine” during their meeting, according to a statement from the White House. A statement from China’s foreign minister said Xi had said Biden’s nuclear weapons could not be used and nuclear wars could not be fought.

The West has accused Russia of making irresponsible statements about the possible use of nuclear weapons since its invasion of Ukraine. Russia in turn accused the West of “provocative” nuclear rhetoric.

On the sidelines of the summit, many leaders will hold bilateral talks, many of which will meet with Xi, who is on just his second foreign visit since the coronavirus pandemic began.

After the meeting with Macron, Xi is expected to hold talks with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and, later in the week, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as China tries to reduce friction with the United States and its allies.

“It’s not decisive but an important step in trying to reduce disagreements,” Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, said of Xi’s meetings at the rally.

(Reporting by Fransiska Nangoy, Stanley Widianto, Nandita Bose, Leika Kihara, David Lawder and Simon Lewis in Nusa Dua, Andreas Rinke in Berlin, Lidia Kelly in Melbourne and Eduardo Baptista in Beijing; Writing by Ed Davies and Raju Gopalakrishnan; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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