Headline RoundupSeptember 10th, 2023

Annual G20 Summit Concludes: Bloc Softens Wording on Ukraine, Biden Unveils New EU Rail Project

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The G20 held its annual summit in New Delhi, India this weekend, in which it softened its language on Ukraine, and President Biden unveiled a new rail project connecting the European Union with India and the Middle East.

The Details: An agreement signed by all G20 members called on “all states to uphold the principles of international law including territorial integrity and sovereignty,” and acknowledged “human suffering” in Ukraine, but did not mention Russia by name. Indian Prime Minister and leader of 2023’s summit, Narendra Modi, presented India as a global middle ground between East and West. 

For Context: The G20 comprises 21 members, including the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, European Union, and India. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping were absent from the summit but sent representatives in lieu. In 2022, the bloc took a more stern stance on Ukraine, demanding Russia’s “complete and unconditional withdrawal from the territory.”

Key Quotes: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the agreement is “very strong.” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called it a “success of Indian diplomacy.” Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesman at the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry, said in a Tweet that “the Group of 20 has nothing to be proud of,” with its new agreement.

How The Media Covered It: Media across the spectrum covered the summit from several different angles, including language on Ukraine, powers’ reactions to the summit, and the increased relevance of the Global South.

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