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German foreign minister says Putin to be held accountable at G20

“If Vladimir Putin believes that after two years, the world would forget who is responsible for the war in Ukraine,” said Ms Baerbock.

• February 21, 2024
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Credit: BBC)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Credit: BBC)

German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock has reminded the group of leading and emerging economic powers (G20) of the Russian president’s responsibility for the global consequences of the war in Ukraine.

“If Vladimir Putin believes that after two years the world would forget who is responsible for the war in Ukraine and its dramatic global consequences, he is mistaken,” Ms Baerbock said before departing for the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Brazil.

“We would never abandon the basic principles of the United Nations and would stand firmly by Ukraine for as long as necessary and until its people can live in peace and freedom again,” added Ms Baerbock.

Ukraine, the war in Gaza and the threat of conflagration in the Middle East would play an important role at the G20 meeting.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, is expected to attend the meeting in Rio de Janiero.

“With our humanity and commitment to international law, we push back against the ruthlessness of actors such as the Russian government, who are only interested in the rights of the strongest,” Ms Baerbock said ahead of the meeting.

The whole world would benefit “if everyone sticks to the rules that we have agreed together,” she said.

On Friday, Ms Baerbock plans to give speeches at the United Nations in New York in the UN General Assembly and in the UN Security Council on the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbour.

The G20 was founded with the confidence “that joint solutions are possible if we stand together and join forces,” said Ms Baerbock.

This includes “finally dusting off old, entrenched structures and making our international institutions fit for a world in upheaval,” she said. 


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