UK and EU will try to isolate Russia at G20 summit – The Telegraph — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

European Union and British officials reportedly encouraged allies to withdraw during speeches by Russian delegation

The UK and the EU intend to coordinate their efforts and make “everything is possibleto make the Russian delegation feel unwelcome at the upcoming G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, British media claimed. The Telegraph, however, stressed that it is highly unlikely that China, and possibly several other key players, will follow suit.

We are trying to work with partners to show very, very, very strongly what the international community thinks about all these crimes, atrocities and illegal actions by Russia,a spokesman for the EU’s foreign affairs service told the newspaper.

The spokesman explained that the bloc, along with the UK, will not only avoid Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and stage walkouts during Moscow delegation speeches, but will also try to convince other nations to do the same.

According to the anonymous official, while the “The UK is not inclined to coordinate with the EU on foreign policy in general,“concerted efforts to isolate Russia have proven to be an exception, like London and Brussels”have the same objective.

The report also quotes a French government source as saying the Bali meeting will not be “business as usualand will focus on the Ukrainian conflict.

There will be a coalition and Russia is isolated,” concluded the manager.

The article notes, however, that Russia’s total isolation at the event is unlikely, as the country has close ties with China. An unnamed European official told the newspaper that Moscow and Beijing should water down any joint statement calling for de-escalation in Ukraine.

The report also suggests that countries like India, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which have not signed on to Western sanctions against Moscow, could this time also break ranks with the EU and the UK.

Relations between Moscow and the West have reached a historic low following the Russian military operation in Ukraine. However, Moscow has insisted that any attempt to isolate the country will fail. Major organizations that Russia is part of, such as the BRICS, are also growing.

In fact, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed following a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman last month that Riyadh would like to join the BRICS, which currently include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. On top of that, the media claimed in July that Turkey and Egypt might also be interested. Since the beginning of the year, three countries – Iran, Argentina and Algeria – have officially applied to join the BRICS.


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