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G20 Not Condemning Russia a Step Back for Global Diplomacy



The recent G20 summit held in New Delhi has raised eyebrows and sparked concerns about the international community's approach to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that G20 members had reached a consensus to remove specific language condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine from their joint statement.


The earlier statement included phrases like "most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine" and "deplores in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine." These strong-worded condemnations were conspicuously removed from the New Delhi Communiqué.


The weakened condemnation of Russia at the G20 summit is undoubtedly a setback for the Joe Biden administration, which has been actively trying to isolate Russia on the global stage. Western sanctions and efforts to exclude Moscow from international institutions have not achieved the desired results, but rather, they appear to have boosted Russia's standing in the world.


The G20 summit's joint statement made it clear that the G20 is not the platform to resolve geopolitical and security issues. Instead, it primarily focuses on economic matters while acknowledging that such issues can have significant consequences for the global economy. This raises questions about the appropriateness of discussing complex geopolitical conflicts within a forum primarily designed for economic cooperation.


The Washington-led economic war against Russia has inadvertently pushed an increasing number of countries into economic communities led by China and Russia themselves. Institutions like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS+ have seen a surge in new member applications, highlighting a growing trend of countries aligning with emerging global powers.


The G20 summit also saw Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva affirm that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not face arrest if he attended the next G20 summit in Rio de Janeiro, despite the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for Putin earlier this year. This highlights the complex challenges to global diplomacy, where international institutions, like the ICC, may be perceived as tools of geopolitical influence rather than impartial bodies.


As the world navigates these changes, it remains to be seen how global diplomacy will adapt to address pressing security concerns while maintaining economic cooperation among nations. The G20's role in this evolving landscape will be a topic of continued debate, as world leaders grapple with the complexities of a changing world order.


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