War in Ukraine live: kyiv offers Moscow negotiations on the fate of Mariupol – Le Monde

Not yet, but you give us the opportunity! It was the first time the G20 finance ministers had met since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and the tensions were palpable. The Indonesian presidency had been pressed since last month to exclude Moscow, but refused to do so in the name of impartiality. On Wednesday, G20 finance ministers and central bankers, meeting on the sidelines of IMF and World Bank meetings in Washington, walked out of the meeting room or turned off their screens to protest Russia’s presence. The G7 ministers have also obtained that Ukraine, which is not a member of the G20, participate in this meeting. “War is incompatible with cooperation”, declared the French Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, at the opening of the G20 meeting, urging Russia to “abstain from participating in the meetings” of this body which brings together the twenty major world economies including the United States, China, India, Brazil, Japan, France and Germany. Failing to obtain the exclusion of Moscow, ministers including Mr. Le Maire and the American Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, have decided to boycott the sessions where Russian officials were to speak. “This week’s meetings in Washington are intended to support the global economy and Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine poses a grave threat to the global economy,” Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia tweeted. Freeland, posting a photo of Western officials who “left the G20 plenary when Russia sought to intervene.” “Russia should not participate or be included in these meetings,” she added. In London too, it is pointed out that the British representatives have left the room. On the other hand, the German Finance Minister, Christian Lindner, defended Berlin’s desire to participate in all the sessions, including those in the presence of Russian officials. “We will not provide a platform for Russia to spread its propaganda and lies,” he said. He assured that Germany, which currently chairs the G7, whose meeting was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Washington, was on the other hand trying to obtain “a common reaction, in the event of the participation of Russian representatives in the meetings” of the G20, without going into detail.