G20 organizers abandon traditional ‘family photo’ over Russia’s FM Lavrov – media reports
Lavrov arrived for the G20 summit (Photo:Sonny Tumbelaka/Pool via REUTERS)
Plans for the traditional G20 “family photo” have been scrapped this year, U.S. political news outlet Politico reported on Nov. 14.
The move is reportedly aimed at sparing leaders the embarrassment of being pictured smiling next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and not least because Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also expected to participate, though probably only remotely.
The Indonesian president and summit host, Joko Widodo, was unhappy with that, therefore G20 organizers are discussing taking a family photo of just heads of state and government as a way of freezing Lavrov out.
Indonesia’s Bali will host the G20 summit on Nov. 15-16.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will be the main issue on the agenda. Many G20 leaders believe the war in Ukraine is holding back global economic growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, strengthening energy and food security, as well as increasing risks to financial stability.
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