During the speech of Russian representatives at the G20 meeting, the British, American and Canadian delegations left the hall in solidarity with Kyiv, they said in London. According to WP, representatives of Ukraine and the head of the ECB also left. “London explained the departure of the delegation from the G20 meeting during Siluanov's speech” />
Delegations from the UK, the United States and Canada left the G20 meeting in Washington during an online speech by representatives of the Russian delegation, led by Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, from -for what is happening in Ukraine, British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said on Twitter.
“We are united in our condemnation <…> and we will insist on closer international coordination to punish Russia, — wrote Sunak.
Earlier on April 20, The Washington Post, citing three people familiar with it, reported that a number of delegations left the G20 meeting at the same time as the Russian representatives began to speak.
Representatives of Ukraine, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde left the hall, among others.
A report from the Ministry of Finance of Russia about the meeting received by RBC says that Siluanov took part in the G20 meeting remotely, ministers and central bank governors discussed the state of the world economy, record inflation rates and levels of public debt.
“The excessively loose budgetary and monetary policy pursued in recent years in developed countries created inflationary pressure last year, and the sanctions imposed against Russia not only further strengthened it, but also led to new risks in the economy,” ; said Siluanov.
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The Russian minister also stressed that Russia does not refuse to fulfill its obligations even under the condition of “artificial containment”, but this provokes a sharp rise in prices. Siluanov also urged to avoid politicization of the G20 meetings, pointing primarily to the “economic” format of G20 meetings.
An interlocutor of The Washington Post in the US Treasury said earlier that Yellen will miss a number of meetings within the G20 as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine due to the presence of Russian representatives. These data were then confirmed by the White House. “[U.S. President Joe Biden] has made it clear that we should not operate as usual. And he clearly expressed his concerns about their [Russia's] participation in the G20,— said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
At the same time, according to Reuters, Yellen intends to participate in the meeting, the theme of which will be the reduction in production in Ukraine due to hostilities, even if there is a Russian delegation there. An agency source in the US Treasury added that she plans to call on members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to increase pressure on Russia, and her ministry will deal with non-compliance with sanctions or help Moscow to circumvent them.
In early March, diplomats from a number of countries left the UN conference room during a speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Human Rights Council. According to the AFP agency, diplomats from Venezuela, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria and Algeria were among those who remained in the hall.