Slams Putin Regime For Closure Of Sea Lanes For Food Grains

There can be no return to business as usual with the Kremlin while it wages its unconscionable war, the US said

WASHINGTON, Mar 2 (The CONNECT) – Ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to New Delhi for the G20 summit, the US has said that the group must hold Russia accountable now for its failure to respond to UN efforts to reopen the sea lanes for grain delivery.

“The United States will continue to engage with G20 and other international partners to address the immense humanitarian challenges stemming from Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, especially the damaging effect the Kremlin’s war of aggression has had on global food and energy security,” an official spokesperson said. 

The answer to meeting these challenges is close international cooperation and clear resolve to ensure such brazen aggression does not go unchecked. “We must hold those responsible to account; there can be no return to business as usual with the Kremlin while it wages its unconscionable war,” The US said.

Russia’s brutal affront to the international rules-based order – the order that undergirds prosperity and peace for us all – cannot stand, the spokesperson argued. 

The United States will continue to hold the Russian Federation to account for its unprovoked and unjust war of choice against Ukraine, including in multilateral institutions and bodies.  Russia’s war against Ukraine blatantly violates UN Charter principles, undermining the rules-based international system that has brought global stability and development for the past 75 years.  Russia’s war against Ukraine has delivered a fresh blow to global growth prospects and hopes for progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Secretary Blinken travels to New Delhi, India, to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, to deepen cooperation and tackle pressing global challenges from strengthening food, energy, health, and women’s security to spurring investments in clean technology, and advancing progress toward achieving sustainable development goals.

In contrast to Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, which continues to exacerbate global food, energy, and economic insecurity, the United States, together with our partners, is taking concrete actions to build more stable, prosperous, and climate-resilient economies worldwide. 

In addition to attending G20-related engagements, the Secretary will hold a bilateral meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar.

The US pointed out that the G20 provides a platform for the United States to engage directly with the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies to promote U.S. interests and meet global challenges. G20 members account for more than 80 percent of global gross domestic product, three-quarters of global trade, and two-thirds of the world’s population.  The agenda of the G20 has broadened since the 2008-2009 financial crisis and this is the first meeting of G20 Leaders to include political and social issues that intersect with relevant economic interests.

The United States strongly supports India’s G20 priorities to provide action-oriented solutions to global challenges, including strengthening food, health, energy and women’s security, countering terrorism and counter-narcotics, and deepening cooperation on renewable energy and sustainable development.