G20 leaders’ declaration avoids condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit in India. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Excerpt from the G20 Declaration:

In line with the UN Charter, all states must refrain from the threat or use of force to seek territorial acquisition against the territorial integrity and sovereignty or political independence of any state. The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible. . . . .

We highlighted the human suffering and negative added impacts of the war in Ukraine with regard to global food and energy security, supply chains, macro-financial stability, inflation and growth, which has complicated the policy environment for countries, especially developing and least developed countries which are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic disruption which has derailed progress towards the SDGs. There were different views and assessments of the situation.”

Axios reports some key points were changed this year from last year’s Declaration.

Last year’s joint communiqué said that “most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine,” but “there were other views” as well.

Last year also demanded Russia’s ” complete and unconditional withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine” — language noticeably absent from this year’s declaration

China and Russia — whose leaders skipped this year’s G20 — had opposed similar language for the New Dehli declaration, per AP.