Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

President Joe Biden arrives at the official welcoming ceremony marking the start of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden faces competing issues at home and abroad as he sits at the Group of 20 summit in Bali this week, using the moment on the world stage to draw on international support to condemn aggression from Russia while facing the prospect of hearing Donald Trump announce his next run for the presidency.

Administration officials previewing Biden’s G20 summit activities have their sights set on coalition efforts to voice opposition to the war in Ukraine, which could send a powerful signal within a group that has so far now had fragmented approaches to the Kremlin’s aggression.

It’s the first time the group has met in person since the invasion began, and most G20 members are expected to sign a statement condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine ‘and the human suffering it has caused. both to Ukrainians and families in Ukraine ». developing countries that face food and energy insecurity as a result,” a senior administration official said.

Such an expression of condemnation was the work of months of diplomacy between G20 leaders. However, it is not yet clear which countries will sign the declaration.

Although the G20 is made up of world powers that have long backed Ukraine during the war, it also includes other nations that have been lukewarm in their response to Russia’s aggression, including India, China, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, the host of this year’s summit. The coalition, which largely focuses on the global economy, also includes Russia itself. But Russian President Vladimir Putin will not appear at the summit this year.

Since the spring, US officials have been anticipating a confrontation at this year’s G20 on war. Biden has said Russia should no longer be a member of the bloc, although expelling Moscow would require the support of all G20 members.

For now, no official « family photo » is listed on a calendar, a sign of the deep acrimony within the G20 sparked by the war in Ukraine.

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