German side considers G20 consensus ‘almost impossible’ | news

German side considers G20 consensus ‘almost impossible’ |  news

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – As expected, the negotiations on the final declaration of the upcoming G20 summit of the major economic powerhouses on the Indonesian island of Bali are proving to be difficult. “There are still very, very many open points,” said German government circles on Wednesday. It is “almost impossible” that there will be joint formulations on all points, as was the case at the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria in the summer. It is assumed that differing opinions will not only be included in the declaration on the particularly contentious issue of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

Because of the difficult situation, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s negotiator, State Secretary Jörg Kukies, wanted to leave for Indonesia on Wednesday. Final declarations are usually negotiated weeks and months before the summit.

The G20 includes the most important industrialized and emerging countries on all continents, including Germany, France and the USA as well as Russia and China. The group represents 80 percent of the world’s economic power and 60 percent of the world’s population. The summit will take place in Bali next Tuesday and Wednesday. Russia’s President Wladimir Putin wants to decide shortly whether he participates. The host country Indonesia said on Tuesday that it was very unlikely that he would come.

There have been previous G20 statements in which a dissent was established. Because the former US President Donald Trump Withdrew from the Paris climate agreement in 2017, he was subsequently isolated on the issue at G20 summits. The discrepancies that exist this time are even greater, according to German government circles.

The German delegation hopes to be able to build on the results of the Chancellor’s trip to China in further negotiations. There, Scholz, together with Chinese President Xi Jinping, warned against the use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war. The leadership in Beijing had refrained from appeals to Moscow up to this point. In addition to China, two other G20 members have not joined the United Nations in condemning the war of aggression: India and South Africa./mfi/DP/he

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