India’s proposed text for the G20 leaders’ summit communiqué in ongoing negotiations is “not enough” to criticize Russia for its war on Ukraine, a senior EU official said.
Russia and China also opposed language agreed in Bali last year on phasing out fossil fuels and reducing emissions, making things more difficult, the official said at a media briefing on Wednesday.
“It’s been very difficult negotiations, especially on the geopolitical front, and the negotiations are still going on. The text produced by India is not enough. The G7, the EU and its member states don’t think it’s enough,” the official said of Russia. Expressed when the war on Ukraine and its impact on the world.
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With a few exceptions such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, most G20 heads of state will attend the G20 summit in Delhi on September 9-10 under the Indian presidency .
He added that areas highlighted by the EU at the summit also included reforms to climate change, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and artificial intelligence.
Whether the summit may issue a joint communiqué, EU officials said it is difficult to predict.
“If we go 19-1, that’s good in a way. We want to reflect where we stand and what’s important to us, and we’ve got good support. Compared to the G7, Russia is more isolated,” he said.
On climate, the official said it was impossible to go beyond what was agreed at last year’s Bali summit in terms of phasing out fossil fuels or peaking emissions.
He added that the debate on multilateral development banks and debt management was still ongoing.