Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend Indonesia’s G20 summit later this year, Russia’s ambassador to Jakarta said on Wednesday, following calls by some members to ban the country from being part of the group.
“Not just the G20, many organizations are trying to expel Russia… the West’s response is completely disproportionate,” Ambassador Lyudmila Vorobyova told a news conference on Wednesday.
The United States and its Western allies are assessing whether Russia should remain in the group of 20 (G20) major economies following its invasion of Ukraine, said sources involved in the talks. Reuters.
The EU split over Russia’s oil sanctions
At the same time, the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) disagreed on Monday on whether and how sanctions against Russia’s lucrative energy sector over it invasion of Ukraineas Germany said the union was too dependent on Russian oil to impose a trade embargo.
The EU and its allies have already taken tough measures against Russia, including freezing their central bank assets.
Russia’s siege and bombing of the port of Mariupol, which EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell called a ‘massive war crime’, is mounting pressure on action.
But targeting Russia’s energy exports, as the United States and Britain have done, is a dubious choice for the 27 EU member states, which rely on Russia for 40% of its gas.
Some of those who want the EU to go further showed impatience in the pace of negotiations after the EU Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Brussels.
“Why should Europe give Putin more time to make more money on oil and gas? More time to use European ports? More time to use irrelevant Russian banks in Europe? It is time to cut ties, “said Gabrielius Landsbergis, Lithuania’s foreign minister, on Twitter.
But Borrell told a news conference that while the bloc would “continue to isolate Russia”, concrete decisions would be made later.
One EU diplomat said some were hoping that by June the EU had found enough other energy sources to consider a serious oil embargo. However, no date has been agreed and other EU member states could have other goals in mind.
Germany and the Netherlands said the EU was dependent on Russian oil and gas and could not stop now.
“The question of a ban on oil is not a question of whether we want it or not, but a question of how much we depend on oil,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told reporters.
“Germany is importing a lot (of Russian oil), but there are also other member states that can not stop oil imports from one day to the next,” she said, adding that the union should instead work to reduce its confidence. in Moscow for its energy needs.
Other possible sanctions in question, diplomats have said, include closing loopholes in oligarchs ‘use by oligarchs, adding new names to the sanctions list, stopping Russian boats from docking in EU ports and cutting off more banks’ access to the SWIFT international messaging system.
All of this will be discussed again on Thursday when US President Joe Biden will be in Brussels for talks with 30 NATO members over the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the EU, and a group of seventh (G7) member states, including Japan, to intensify the West’s response to Moscow.
Russia’s ambassador to Indonesia says Putin will attend G20 summit – SABC News
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