G20 summit in India's Bengaluru ends without agreement on Ukraine

G20 Bengaluru, 24 February
G20 Bengaluru, 24 February   -  Copyright  Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
By Isabella Jewell

G20 summit in India's Bengaluru ended without agreement on Ukraine, after China and Russia refused to endorse a statement condemning the invasion of Ukraine

The latest meeting of G20 leaders in India's Bengaluru has ended in disagreement, after China and Russia refused to endorse a statement which condemned Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

A majority of finance ministers attending the meeting on Saturday, which coincided with the anniversary of Russia's invasion, backed a "chair's summary and outcome document" issued by India, which holds the G20 presidency.

The document, signed by 17 of the 20 delegates present, reiterated the position taken at last year's summit in Bali, when they denounced "in the strongest terms" Russia's invasion, and demanded a complete withdrawal from Ukrainian territory.

It also repeated the declaration from November that “the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible”. 

On Friday, the Group of Seven major industrial nations announced new sanctions against Russia.

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