Finance ministers and heads of central banks of the G20 countries adopted the final document without a position on Ukraine due to the objections of China and Russia, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference.
“Russia and China had reservations, so the communiqué could not be published. Instead, the summary of the G20 chairman and the final document were published,” she said.
On Saturday afternoon, the Indian Ministry of Finance published not a communiqué from the G20 finance ministers’ meeting, but a summary of the chairman and the final document, which notes the difference in the countries’ approaches to the conflict in Ukraine. It states that the majority of forum participants condemn the Russian special operation, but there are also opposite opinions.
As previously reported, officials in India intend to avoid using the term “war” in relation to the situation in Ukraine in any joint G20 statements. In addition, they express concern that plans by some countries to continue imposing sanctions on Russia will divert attention from other priorities of the G20 meetings.