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US & Russian Foreign Ministers Launch Into Major Criticism Of Other Nation


Both Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have been speaking at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in New Delhi, India. Major criticism from each for the actions of the other, with no sign of any attempt to shift to a footing that could allow for diplomacy or talks.

  • Lavrov: "A number of Western delegations turned the work on the G20 agenda into a farce...[the Western delegations] wanted to shift responsibility for their failures in the economy to Russia...The West creates obstacles for the export of agricultural products of Russia....[the West] without a twinge of conscience buries that UN Sec-Gen's initiative regarding the donation of Russian fertiliser to African countries."
  • Lavrov: "Russia is determined to form independent payment systems and expand settlements in national currencies within framework of BRICS, SCO, and EAEU...Russia insists on a quick and honest investigation with its participation in the sabotage at Nord Stream"
  • Blinken: "[The G20] must continue to call on Russia to end its war of aggression and withdraw from Ukraine for the sake of international peace and economic stability....Even as we rally support for Ukraine, we remain focused and leading on global challenges."
  • Blinken: "Unfortunately, this meeting has again been marred by Russia's unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine...It is imperative that the G20 speak up on behalf of extending and expanding the Black Sea grain initiative to strengthen food security for the most vulnerable...Russia has yet to agree to renew the initiative before it expires on 18 March, while Russia's own food and grain exports exceed pre-invasion levels."

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