Russia ‘will not run for itself’ after US G20 meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that he was “not going” to Washington for talks after his US counterpart, Anthony Blinken, refused to meet him on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.

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“We are not the ones who gave up contacts… the United States (…) will not run after anyone who proposes a meeting,” Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Bali, where the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting is taking place.

The United States tried to isolate Russia on the international scene, and the delegation accompanying Anthony Blinken made it clear that there was no need to hold discussions with the Russian minister as long as Moscow continued its attack on Ukraine.

While Sergei Lavrov welcomed the neutral stance of the host country, Indonesia, he deplored the approach of the Western members of the group of 20 largest economies in the world.

“Our Western partners were trying to avoid talking about global economic issues,” he said.

“As soon as they spoke, they almost immediately began to frantically criticize Russia about the situation in Ukraine, calling us the aggressors.”

He continued, “Everyone demanded that this process end and that a peaceful settlement be reached.”

“Despite this attitude of our Western colleagues, it was a useful discussion.”

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