Joly will not meet his Russian counterpart at international summits – National

Canada’s foreign minister said she will not meet her Russian counterpart when the two cross paths at international summits in the coming days.

Mélanie Joly says she is open to the idea of ​​working with China on certain files, but affirms that Russia must be treated as a pariah.

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Joly travels to a series of world summits, two of which are attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

She said she would not meet Lavrov if invited to do so at the current Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit or next week’s G-20 meetings, saying it would would legitimize Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Joly recently said Canada would try to limit its ties with China on issues ranging from human rights to intellectual property.

Still, Joly says she would agree to a meeting with Chinese leaders because Canada wants to collaborate on issues like climate change.

In fact, Joly said she expects to be seated next to a Chinese official within days at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, as these summits often put countries in English alphabetical order.

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“There is an ongoing battle for influence,” Joly said. “Our goal is to isolate Russia economically, politically and diplomatically.”

Joly noted that Lavrov walked out of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting early last summer, which she attributed to mounting pressure against Russia.

“There is a growing consensus that what is happening in Ukraine is completely unacceptable.”

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