Faced with the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, US President Joe Biden has spoken in favor of excluding Moscow from the group of the 20 most important industrialized and emerging countries. That was also discussed at the Brussels summit, Biden said Thursday in the Belgian capital. If Russia is not excluded, at least Ukraine should also be invited to the G20 group.
The next summit is scheduled for the fall in Indonesia. The decision on whether Russia will be excluded first rests with the current G20 president, Indonesia, and the other members, including Russia’s ally, China.
Warning to China
In his address, the US president also issued a warning of economic consequences. “China knows that its economic future is tied much more to the West than it is to Russia,” Biden said. He he referred to his talks with China’s head of state and party leader Xi Jinping last week. Biden emphasized that he had not threatened the Chinese head of state. “But I made it clear to him that if he helps Russia, he must understand the consequences.” He also pointed to “the number of American and foreign companies that have left Russia as a result of their barbaric behavior,” Biden said.
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Russia was expelled from what was then the G8 group after capturing Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in 2014. Since then, the largest economies have been brought together in the G7 format.
Continuation of the trip to Poland
Amid Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, US President Joe Biden is traveling to neighboring Poland on Friday. According to the White House, Biden wants to speak with President Andrzej Duda on Saturday in Warsaw about “the human rights and humanitarian crisis” in Ukraine and discuss possible reactions from the United States and its partners.
Last week, the Polish government caused irritation within NATO when it proposed an armed “peacekeeping mission” by the defense alliance in the neighboring country. The NATO state has also taken in most of the nearly 3.7 million refugees from the neighboring country. (AFP-dpa)