August 13, 2022

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A new clash with the West, Lavrov leaves the G20 – the world

At the Foreign G-20 in Bali, another wall against the wall between the West and Russia occurred: the Seven Powers renewed their condemnation against Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine, and Minister Sergey Lavrov responded blatantly, abandoning the summit before finishing. In this impasse, the Vatican is also trying to make a contribution towards a diplomatic solution to the conflict: Pope Francis may head to Kyiv in August. In Bali, the Indonesian government inaugurated the G20 business in the name of neutrality, as the host country. Highlight the serious consequences of conflict around the world, including on the food and energy front. “It is our responsibility to end the war sooner or later and resolve our differences at the negotiating table, not on the battlefield,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told colleagues including Russian and US diplomatic leaders Lavrov and Anthony Blinken. For the first time we faced each other since the beginning of the conflict. At the end of the confrontation, Blinken hinted that the attempt to expand the front against Moscow was successful: “Today we have heard a strong chorus from all over the world, not only from the United States, about the necessity of putting an end to the front.” Aggression in Ukraine.” French Minister Catherine Colonna echoed French Minister Catherine Colonna, while Luigi Di Maio asserted that “Russia destroyed our confidence.”

The version of the Indonesian minister was different, since there was no unanimous condemnation, but “only some members” expressed it clearly. So much so that no definitive document was produced at the end of the works. Lavrov’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, commented enough, according to the Russians, to stress that “the G7’s attempt to isolate us was unsuccessful.” Certainly, the rift between Russia and the West has become more apparent throughout the day. When it was time for the behind-closed-doors sessions, Lavrov left the table while German Annalina Birbock criticized the invasion of Ukraine. The chair was also empty during the speech of Blinkin and Ukrainian Dmytro Kuleba. An escalation of impatience culminated in an early abandonment of the summit. Because “there is nothing to talk about with those who want Ukraine to defeat us on the battlefield,” was the motive. Lavrov’s only sign of his openness came with a willingness to talk with Ankara and Kiev to finally open Ukrainian wheat corridors. The Russian minister spoke about this with his Turkish colleague Mevlut Cavusoglu in Bali. But doubts still prevail in Ukraine. According to Kuleba, Moscow is “playing the Hunger Games with the world by imposing a naval blockade of Ukrainian ports with one hand and blaming us with the other.” Meanwhile, the conflict shows no signs of slowing down, especially in the Donbass, and the Vatican’s new initiative is recorded in a diplomatic impasse. The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with the Vatican explained that “the Pope said that he would go to Ukraine and showed that he is always ready to visit Moscow and also to meet with the Russian authorities”, because “he is very convinced that his visit can also have positive results.” States, Mgr. Paul Richard Gallagher. Without exception, this peacekeeping mission may take place in August.

The United States will send another 400 million weapons to Ukraine. A defense official told the Washington Post. In the new package, there are also four Himars missile systems (High Mobility Artillery Missile Systems) in addition to the eight other systems that have already been dispatched. The United States will also send 1,000 rounds of 155mm artillery with higher accuracy and help Ukraine hit specific targets. The package will also include three tactical vehicles, radar systems, spare parts and other military equipment.

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