Lavrov snubbed at G20 FM meeting

8 July, 04:18 PM
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Photo:REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Pool)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Photo:REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Pool)

Following a cold reception from his counterparts, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will leave the ongoing meeting of top diplomats of G20 countries in Bali, Indonesia, earlier than planned, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on July 8.

“Lavrov will hold some bilateral meetings, talk to the press, and leave,” Spiegel quoted Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova as saying.

The itinerary change means that Lavrov will miss an upcoming official dinner and an afternoon work session.

Other sources at the G20 meeting suggest that the minister left immediately after his speech, but not before he dodged a question from German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Russia out on its policy of blockading Ukrainian ports, which threatens to induce famine across a number of African and Asian countries.

“To our Russian colleagues: Ukraine is not your country; its grain is not your grain,” The Washington Post quoted Blinken.

“Why are you blocking the ports? You should let the grain out.”

Lavrov has apparently already left the room by the time Blinken delivered his remarks.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi refused to attend the official dinner if Lavrov is there.

The traditional group photo of all attendees had to be canceled, as some didn’t want to stand side-by-side with Lavrov.

A G20 summit for heads of state is slated for November in Bali, with several leaders indicating they could skip the event if Russian dictator Vladimir Putin also attends.

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