The Ukrainian Government has criticized the lack of “forcefulness” of the G20 final declaration regarding the war in Ukraine, considering that Russia has managed to soften its position on its military invasion.
“Ukraine is grateful to those who have tried to include stronger wording,” said a spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko.
«The G20 has nothing to be proud of in the part about Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Obviously, the participation of Ukraine would have made it easier for the participants to understand the situation. The key principle of ‘nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine’ remains as important as ever,” he argued.
US President Joe Biden tried to convince attendees to express stronger support for Ukraine during his stay in Delhi for the G20 leaders’ summit and went so far as to push for US investments in developing countries.
Finally, Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, highlighted that the statement “from our perspective defends very well the principle that States cannot use force to obtain territories.”
The overall text is “an important milestone for the Indian presidency and a vote of confidence in the G20’s ability to address a whole range of issues together,” according to Sullivan.
The text of the final declaration differs significantly from that of last year, when “the majority of members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine,” Sullivan highlighted.
Russia and North Korea
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, defended this Saturday the need to strengthen his country’s relations with North Korea “on all fronts”, according to an official message released by the Kremlin to congratulate the Asian country on the 75th anniversary of its foundation and on the eve of an official visit to Moscow by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.
“Our joint efforts will continue to develop bilateral relations on all fronts,” Putin explained in a telegram sent to Kim. “It is for the interest of our people,” he stressed.
In addition, Putin recalled that the Soviet Union was the first country to recognize the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea. Since then, relations between the two countries have developed on the basis of “friendship, mutual respect and the rich experiences of constructive cooperation accumulated in different fields,” Putin pointed out.
Kim plans to travel to Vladivostok, in the far east of Russia, with the intention of discussing a possible arms sales agreement with Russian leaders. In exchange, Pyongyang wants to obtain satellite and atomic submarine technology and food aid.
Senior US officials have stressed that negotiations on the sale of North Korean weapons to Russia are advancing and have warned that more sanctions will be imposed on North Korea if the agreement finally materializes.
Kim already traveled to Vladivostok in April 2019 in his armored train in what was the last trip of the North Korean leader outside the Korean peninsula to date.
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