August 9, 2022

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LIVE – War in Ukraine: Lavrov walks out of G20 meeting during German diplomatic chief’s speech

Germany criticizes Russia, “not interested” in dialogue with G20

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach on Friday criticized Russia for not showing “interest”, she said in a conversation with the G20 after the Russian diplomatic chief walked out during a meeting in Bali (Indonesia).

Sergey Lavrov’s departure “underlines even more clearly that he is not interested in international cooperation or exchanges with other partners” within the G20, according to a statement from Bali and broadcast by German television.

The head of Russian diplomacy had earlier left the meeting room when Annalena Berbach criticized Moscow over the war in Ukraine.

Washington pushes for Russia’s oil price ceiling at G20

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will continue to press her G20 counterparts to rein in Russian oil prices in an effort to reduce Moscow’s funding of the war in Ukraine, officials said.

Joe Biden’s secretary will be in Bali, Indonesia to participate in a July 15-16 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors, a senior Treasury official told reporters on Thursday.

He said a “global and growing coalition” is sharing revenue to finance President Vladimir Putin’s starving Washington’s goals to fund his military.

Lavrov walked out of the G20 meeting during a speech by the German foreign minister

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov walked out of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting on Friday after ignoring a speech by his Ukrainian foreign minister when his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbach, criticized Moscow over the war in Ukraine, according to reports.

Sergei Lavrov also walked out of the session, where Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba was speaking online, and was absent when US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned Russia, several diplomats told Reuters. AFP.

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Antony Blinken calls on Russia to ‘get grain out of Ukraine’

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken addressed a Russian delegation at closed-door G20 talks in Bali, demanding that Moscow allow grain exports from war-torn Ukraine, a Western official said.

“To our Russian colleagues: Ukraine is not your country. Its grain is not your grain. Why are you blocking the ports? You have to let the grain out,” Antony Blinken told Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who declined to meet separately. , according to a Western official at present.

“We came to show our admiration for the Ukrainian people,” explains Gerard Larcher, a visitor to Kew.

Senate President Gérard Larcher arrived in Kyiv on Friday morning. From the station, he returned to the reasons for his visit: “We came to express our admiration for the Ukrainian people and members of parliament; our solidarity”.

On BFMTV’s microphone, Gerard Larcher explains his intention to sign on “a cooperation agreement between the Senate of the French Republic and the Ukrainian Rada”.

Sergei Lavrov was absent during the Ukrainian diplomatic chief’s speech at the G20.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was absent when Ukraine’s foreign minister spoke online Friday with diplomatic leaders from the G20 summit in Indonesia, diplomatic sources told AFP.

The Russian minister attended the morning sessions in Bali, but was absent when Dmytro Kuleba spoke at the afternoon meeting, which was dominated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, several diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Russia heard at G20 ‘chorus’ of calls to end war in Ukraine, Blinken points out

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken insisted on Friday that Russia had heard a “chorus” of calls to end the war in Ukraine, thanks to Sergei Lavrov’s participation in the meeting.

“What we have already heard today from the United States (…) is a strong chorus not only for the cessation of aggression, but from around the world,” the US official told reporters.

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Russia ‘will not run’ after US to G20 summit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he was “not going to run” to Washington, after US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken refused to meet him on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.

“It’s not us who have dropped contacts, it’s America (…) and we’re not going to follow anyone who suggests a meeting,” Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Bali, where the group’s diplomatic leaders are meeting. under control.

Gérard Larcher is expected in Kyiv this morning

Senate President Gérard Larcher (LR) is expected in Kyiv this Friday morning. He is scheduled to arrive in the Ukrainian capital at 8.20 am Paris time.

He will be there till Saturday. He is expected before the Ukrainian parliament, where he is expected to meet the president and address delegates. During his stay there, he will also meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Finally, Gérard Larcher is expected in the cities of Irbin, Boutcha and Boridyanka, all located in the suburbs of Kyiv and erected as symbols of abuses committed by the Russian army. A press conference has also been announced.

G20 host Indonesia urges Lavrov to end war

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi of Indonesia, the host country of this year’s G20, called for an end to the war in Ukraine this Friday in the presence of his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

“It is our responsibility to end the war as soon as possible and to resolve our differences at the negotiating table, not on the battlefield,” he said at the start of a meeting of the group’s diplomatic leaders in Bali. .

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If the West wants to defeat Russia, “let them try,” says Putin

“Let them try!” Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday challenged the West to defeat Russia “on the battlefield” in Ukraine, where, he said, Moscow had “not yet started serious business”.

“Today we hear that they want to defeat us in battle. What can I say? Let them try!” Putin said during a meeting with heads of committees in the lower house of parliament. televised.

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe pays tribute to Brittney Griner, who is being held in Russia

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe joined a dozen others at the White House on Thursday, decorated by Joe Biden, to pay a silent tribute to basketball player Brittney Greiner, who is being held in Russia.

The star of the United States women’s soccer team wore a white trouser suit with embroidery, a flower and the initials “PG” on the lapel to receive the “Medal of Freedom”, the highest American citizen.