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Canadians and their allies are abandoning Russia at the G20


Canadian officials, including Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, joined allies in staging a walkout from a G20 meeting in Washington, DC on Wednesday to protest Russia’s involvement.

At Wednesday’s meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, Freeland said she and “a number of our democratic partners” stood up and walked out of the meeting when Russia sought to intervene. .

“This week’s meetings in Washington are aimed at supporting the global economy – and Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine is a serious threat to the global economy. Russia should not participate or be included in these meetings,” she tweeted.

“The world’s democracies will not stand idly by in the face of continued Russian aggression and war crimes.”

A photo released by Freeland shows that Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem, US Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko and EU Economics Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni were among those who turned up. got up and left.

Reuters had reported earlier on Wednesday that U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, involved in the walkout, opposed Russian Deputy Finance Minister Timur Maksimov’s in-person participation. .

Canadian officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, have said Russia’s seat at the G20 should be reassessed.

“Obviously we can’t just business as usual when it comes to the G20. When it comes to Vladimir Putin sitting around this table with the rest of us, it’s going to be extraordinarily difficult. for us and unproductive for the G20,” he added. Trudeau said of the fall G20 summit in Indonesia.

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