Delhi, India (CNN) — Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniam Jaishankar announced Thursday that the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting could not reach consensus to issue a joint final statement due to “differing views” by various parties regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
In the first major meeting of the G-20 held in Delhi, countries managed to forge consensus on issues ranging from counter-terrorism to banking and more. However, they stopped short of issuing a statement approving all the topics and procedures, according to Jaishankar.
“There were issues, and they were concerned about the Russian-Ukraine conflict. We got a joint document built on the bulk of the problems, but the various parties have different opinions on several topics,” the Indian foreign minister said.
For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the G20 foreign ministers were unable to agree on a joint final declaration. Lavrov said, at a press conference, that this was due to the foreign ministers of the Western countries of the G20 highlighting Ukraine at the summit.
Lavrov added: “As was the case under the presidency of Indonesia a year ago, our Western colleagues sought, with mostly foul means, to highlight the Ukrainian situation, which they consider Russian aggression. It did not bring any benefit.”
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