G20 ends with “most” members condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine

“Most” G20 members states have “strongly condemned” Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to the end of summit joint leaders’ declaration issued in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday.

The document, which runs to more than 1,100 pages, is not signed by individual attending leaders and acknowledged a difference of opinion at the summit, where scrutiny had fallen on China and India as Western countries pushed for a strong denunciation of the war in the closing statement.

“Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy – constraining growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, and elevating financial stability risks,” the document reads.

China has repeatedly refused to call Russia’s attack on Ukraine an “invasion” or even a “war,” nor has it condemned Moscow for its military action.

“There were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions,” the document said. “Recognizing that the G20 is not the forum to resolve security issues, we acknowledge that security issues can have significant consequences for the global economy.”

G20 nations, including China, also stated their opposition to the prospect of nuclear weapons being used in conflict.

The G20 leader’s document stated: “The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible. The peaceful resolution of conflicts, efforts to address crises, as well as diplomacy and dialogue, are vital. Today’s era must not be of war.”

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