Where was the Russian Foreign Minister during Zelensky’s speech at the G20? In his room | world news
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov – who is attending the G20 summit in place of President Vladimir Putin – stayed in his room during a virtual address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to leaders gathered in Bali, Reuters reported.
In his address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the G20 summit that it was time to end Russia’s “destructive” war and “save thousands of lives”.
“I am convinced that the time has come when the destructive Russian war must and can be stopped,” Volodymyr Zelensky said.
When Lavrov addressed the summit, G-20 leaders remained tuned, even though it had been suggested in advance that some leaders might leave when he delivered his remarks.
It comes as meeting negotiators cobbled together a draft statement that includes language noting that “most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed that it is causing immense human suffering.”
Ukraine’s Zelensky confirmed in his remarks that Kyiv was working with partisan countries to fund new shipments of grain – a symbolic push that comes amid talks to extend a deal that allows grain exports from its warring ports.
In his address, Zelensky called on all countries – “and especially your countries, dear G-19 leaders – to join our initiative to help the poorest with food.”