West using ‘threats and blackmail’ against other countries — China, Russia says at G20

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Following a meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers at the G20, both China and Russia today criticized the west for using “threats and blackmail” against other countries, Moscow said.

The Russian foreign ministry said “A unanimous rejection was expressed of attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, to impose unilateral approaches through blackmail and threats, and to oppose the democratization of international relations.”

Only Russia and China disagreed with the majority of G20 members when it came to their strong condemnation of the war in Ukraine on Thursday, according to the current summit president of India, who met with the group’s foreign ministers in New Delhi.

After the meeting, India’s “chair’s summary & outcome document” stuck mainly to the language used in a similar statement it released following a meeting of G20 financial leaders last week.

Russia and China disapproved of the comments made at the gathering that condemned the war.

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Blinken, Lavrov meet on sidelines of G20 meeting

A senior US State Department source reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a brief 10-minute conversation outside of the G20 summit in New Delhi.

According to the official, Blinken made it clear to Lavrov at the meeting that Washington is ready to assist Ukraine’s self-defense for however long it takes.