Russia's Twisted Arms, India's 'Defection', & Indonesia's 'Submission'


The G20 Summit in Bali, which ended on Wednesday, finally released a leaders' declaration. The most surprising part of the joint statement is the paragraph that "deplores in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and demands its complete and unconditional withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine."

The declaration stated, "most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy - constraining growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, and elevating financial stability risks."

Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi stated that the statement did not deviate from Indonesia's "free and active" international political policy. "Free and active" is not the same as not choosing sides. According to her, the policy of "free and active" is free to form opinions and be active in contributing to world peace.

"We carry out foreign policy based on the principles contained in the UN Charter, and you can see our consistency in principle," Retno said.

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