India officials suggested not using the word “war” in the official documents of the G20 summit, when it comes to the war of Russia in Ukraine. Instead, they offer to use the “crisis”. It is reported by Bloomberg with reference to the informed source.
India, one of the main trading partners of Russia, is concerned that the G20 summit in the future will be unnecessarily focused on the Russian-Ukrainian war. According to officials, the fixation on sanctions against Moscow will distract the attention of the “big twenty” from other priorities.
The new position of India, softer in relation to Russia, is a big step back for Western countries, Bloomberg notes. At the previous G20 summit in November last year, they managed to coordinate the final communique with condemning Russian aggression. Although it contained a wording indicating a split in opinions.
This year, India became the chairman in the “big twenty”. On February 23-25, Bangalore will host the first major meeting of finance ministers and heads of central banks.