Day after meeting, Blinken and Lavrov exchange diplomatic swipes

Day after meeting, Blinken and Lavrov exchange diplomatic swipes
Day after meeting, Blinken and Lavrov exchange diplomatic swipes

By Krishn Kaushik and Simon Lewis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov accused america of hypocrisy after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned Russia can’t be allowed to wage battle in Ukraine with impunity, throughout a safety discussion board they attended in New Delhi on Friday.

The highest diplomats from Moscow and Washington had each attended the Group of 20 international ministers gathering within the Indian capital earlier this week, and met in particular person for the primary time since Russian forces invaded Ukraine a yr in the past.

“If we permit with impunity Russia to do what it is doing in Ukraine, then that’s a message to would-be aggressors in every single place that they are able to get away with it too,” Blinken instructed the Raisina Dialogue strategic affairs discussion board.

Talking on the similar strategic affairs discussion board after Blinken, Lavrov mentioned it was “double requirements” to query Russia’s motion in Ukraine when america cited a “risk to its nationwide curiosity” to justify navy intervention in numerous elements of the world, together with the battle in Iraq, air strikes on Libya, and the bombing of Yugoslavia through the Kosovo battle in 1999.

Lavrov additionally mentioned the query of when Russia will negotiate an finish to the battle needs to be put to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“All people is asking when Russia goes to barter…the West is constantly saying that it isn’t time to barter but as a result of Ukraine should win within the battlefield earlier than any negotiations,” he mentioned.

On the G20, america and its allies known as on member nations to maintain pressuring Russia to finish the battle, however the G20 was unable to agree on a joint assertion on the battle attributable to opposition from China and Russia, which calls its actions a “particular navy operation” aimed toward eradicating what it says is a risk to its personal safety.

The Russian minister went on to accuse Washington of “making an attempt to militarise” the Quadrilateral Safety Dialogue, a partnership between america, Australia, India and Japan that focuses on strategic points within the Indo-Pacific area.

Earlier within the day Blinken had met along with his counterparts from the Quad, because the grouping is informally known as, and they issued a press release saying “the use or risk of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible”.

Late final month, Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended a landmark nuclear arms management treaty and threatened to renew nuclear exams.

Throughout their transient exchange on the sidelines of the G20 assembly on Thursday, Blinken instructed Lavrov to finish the battle and urged Moscow to reverse its suspension of the New START (Strategic Arms Discount Treaty) on nuclear weapons.

The Quad assertion additionally took a barely disguised swipe at China by denouncing actions that improve tensions within the South China Sea, and the “militarisation” of disputed territories within the space.

China has denounced the Quad as a Chilly Struggle assemble and a clique “concentrating on different nations”.

(Further reporting by Tanvi Mehta and Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Writing by Y.P. Rajesh; Modifying by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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