/ 11 September 2023

Taking the indirect route

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They came, they fist bumped, they agreed… First up, the African Union was given permanent member status of the G20 at the leaders summit held in India’s New Delhi over the weekend – a step US President Joe Biden said was “a long time coming”. And despite expectations it wouldn’t get done, leaders also agreed on a joint declaration. That’s down to any explicit condemnation of Russia over its invasion of Ukraine being left out – a step leaders weren’t willing to take when they met in Bali last year. The statement calls on all states to “uphold the principles of international law including territorial integrity and sovereignty” and mentions “the human suffering and negative added impacts of the war” but notes the “different views and assessments”. Germany’s Olaf Scholz and the UK’s Rishi Sunak went into bat for the statement, saying it reflects their opposition to Russia’s actions, but Ukraine’s foreign ministry said the declaration was “nothing to be proud of”. 

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