G20 meeting in Bali | Ottawa is not letting Moscow’s rhetoric get the better of it

(Ottawa) Canada “will not give in to Russian propaganda” during the meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Indonesia, assures Mélanie Joly.

Posted at 2:28pm

Melanie Marchese

Melanie Marchese
The press

Canada’s chief diplomat is on her way to Bali, where she will meet with her counterparts in the G20, the business group.

Among his interlocutors will be Sergey Lavrov from Russia.

“It is not true that I find myself in the same room as Sergei Lavrov at the G20 summit,” Minister Joly said last March.

Despite her presence, she still decided to make the trip.

Because his presence “is also an opportunity to confront head-on the disinformation from Russian regime representatives that is now expected in such multilateral fora,” says the press release announcing his presence at the summit.

“Canada must stand up to expose Russia’s lies and, with like-minded partners, propose solutions to counter Russia’s food armament […] ‘ Minister Joly said in the same press release.

Last April, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Washington left the room when Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov wanted to intervene virtually.

Participating in the boycott included Canadian Treasury Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde.

To the top of the front runners

This meeting marks the start of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government, which will take place next November.

At the end of March, US President Joe Biden called for Russia to be excluded from the G20.

For his part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not go so far, but expressed his unease.

“It cannot go on as usual. With Russia at the table, it will be a big problem for many countries, including Canada. I don’t think we can sit at the table with Russia,” he said.

In the same breath, he could not help emphasizing the irony that Vladimir Putin’s regime, which is ravaging the global economy, has its place within a group whose mission is to find ways to foster economic growth.

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