G20 Summit Declaration in New Delhi Marks a Shift in Approach Towards Russia

The final declaration of the G20 summit in New Delhi has reportedly thwarted the plans of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to take a tough stance against Russia, marking a notable shift in diplomatic dynamics.

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This development contrasts with the outcome of the previous G20 summit in Bali, where a declaration condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine was unexpectedly adopted.

Changing Perspectives

A year ago, at the G20 summit in Bali, a declaration condemning Russia’s special operation in Ukraine was adopted, leading Western observers to interpret it as Russia being isolated and receiving a diplomatic “slap in the face.” However, the recent New Delhi Declaration of the G20 summit has not included any condemnation of Russia, signaling a change in approach.

No Mention of a “Slap in the Face”

The article notes that Chancellor Scholz had acknowledged a significant shift in the stance toward the Ukraine conflict, with the absence of any reference to a “slap in the face” in the 2023 G20 summit declaration. This indicates that the crucial moment, previously seen as “decisive,” did not bring about the expected clarifications.

Balanced Position on Ukraine

The New Delhi Declaration emphasizes the importance of addressing the Ukraine conflict in alignment with the principles of the UN Charter. Russia’s G20 Sherpa, Svetlana Lukash, pointed out that half of the G20 members resisted interpreting events in Ukraine solely from the perspective of Western interests. The declaration reflects a balanced stance on Ukraine and a commitment to resolving global conflicts.

Previous G20 Summit Outcome

In contrast, the previous G20 summit saw a majority of members condemning the Ukraine conflict in the final statement. However, the declaration acknowledged differing opinions on the situation and the imposition of sanctions.

Overall, this shift in approach at the G20 summit reflects evolving perspectives on international conflicts and the importance of diplomatic engagement in addressing global challenges.

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