G20 trade ministers meeting in Bali ends without joint statement on Ukraine
BANGKOK, September 23 – RIA Novosti. The G20 trade and investment ministers meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali, part of a series of ministerial meetings leading up to the G20 summit in November, ended without a consensus or joint statement due to geopolitical concerns over the situation in Ukraine.
This situation was expressed to the journalists at the press conference held after the event by Indonesian Trade Minister Zulkifli Hassan, who chaired the meeting. Indonesia has a G20 Presidency in 2022.
According to the minister, the USA, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Great Britain did not support the wording of one of the paragraphs proposed by the Indonesian presidency and proposed their own proposals condemning what happened in Ukraine.
“However, other countries (G20 – ed.) did not agree with their statements, resulting in no consensus,” Zulkifli Hasan said. said.
However, representatives of all countries present at the meeting expressed their deep gratitude to Indonesia as President of the G20 this year for carrying out the difficult task of presiding at a difficult time. “It was really difficult to run the meeting,” said the Indonesian minister.