G20 Summit Statement Avoids Condemning Russia For Ukraine War

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Reuters: G20 summit statement avoids condemning Russia for Ukraine war, calls for peace 

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -The Group of 20 nations adopted a consensus declaration on the opening day of a summit on Saturday that avoided condemnation of Russia for the war in Ukraine but called on all states to refrain from the use of force to seize territory. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of host India announced that the declaration had been adopted on the first day of the weekend summit. 

The consensus came as a surprise as the group is deeply divided over the war in Ukraine, with Western nations earlier pushing for strong condemnation of Russia in the Leaders’ Declaration, while other countries demanded a focus on broader economic issues.  

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Update: G20 countries agree nations should not use force to gain new territory – a major win for Modi amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (CNN) 

WNU Editor: The big news for this summit was the admission of the African Union into the G20 …. G20 adds the African Union as a member, issues call rejecting use of force in reference to Ukraine (The Hill).