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Ukraine Challenges G20 Leaders’ Statement on Russian Incursion, Demands Stronger Stance Against Aggression

On September 9, Kyiv opposed the G20 leaders’ statement on the Russian incursion, which condemned the use of force to annex territory but avoided naming Russia specifically.

Ukraine is appreciative of the partners who made an effort to use strong language in the document. Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry, asserted that the G-20 had nothing to be proud of about Russia’s assault against Ukraine.

By replacing “the war in Ukraine” with “the war against Ukraine” and adding allusions to Russia, Mr Nikolenko posted a picture of a section of the statement that had been altered.

“All states” were to “refrain from the threat or use of force to seek territorial acquisition against the territorial integrity, sovereignty, or political independence of any state,” according to the agreement.

In contrast to a G-20 statement from Bali in 2022 that mentioned a U.N. resolution denouncing “in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” there was no specific mention of Russia in this statement.

“It’s obvious that the Ukraine’s participation (in the meeting) would allow the participants to better understand the situation,” according to Mr. Nikolenko.

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