G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bali Not “Business as Usual”

The G20 foreign ministers are set to convene in Bali this week for a gathering with Russia’s participation causing rifts within the group as host Indonesia attempts to mediate.

This G20 foreign ministers’ meeting will be the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February that foreign ministers from some of the largest economies in the world will interact with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Christian Wagner, a spokesman for the German foreign ministry described the G20 summit on Thursday, July 7 as not “business as usual”. 

Germany, which currently holds the chair of the Group of Seven industrialized countries, has announced it would collaborate in Bali on how to respond to Lavrov. 

A US State Department spokesperson said Secretary of State Antony Blinken would be an active participant at the meeting while “also staying true to another over-riding objective, and that is the fact that it cannot be business as usual with the Russian Federation. 

In Bali, Blinken will also meet with Wang Yi, the foreign minister of China while no meeting expected to happen with Lavrov.

Following the meeting of the foreign ministers, the G20 finance ministers will convene the following week in Bali.

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