The G20's Futility On Ukraine Is Even Worse Than It Seems
It's not just about the current diplomatic impasse between Russia and the West, it's about the future — and that means China.
Ten minutes: that was how long the Blinken-Lavrov meeting lasted. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were both in New Delhi for the Foreign Ministers meeting of the G20, the group of the world's leading economies.
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It was their first meeting since the war in Ukraine began a year ago — and it was brief, to say the least.
The Russian spokeswoman even made it clear that there were "no meetings or negotiations" during this brief gathering, which was initiated by the U.S.
This non-dialogue is similar to what happened at the G20 meeting, more generally. This is among the only forums where Western, Russian and Chinese officials meet.
It was at the G20 Summit in Bali in November that U.S President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping renewed their dialogue. Russian President Vladimir Putin did not attend.
Thursday in Delhi, the climate was even icier.