Moscow found itself isolated at the G20 summit as world leaders including China’s Xi Jinping hit out at his war in Ukraine.
“Together with President Xi Jinping, we call for respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” Emmanuel Macron, the French President, tweeted early on Tuesday after a meeting with Xi.
“The consequences of this conflict go beyond European borders: it is through close coordination between France and China that we will overcome them.”
The statement stopped short of calling for an end to the conflict, however, instead saying that France and China were determined to “put an end to the escalation and deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine”.
China has refrained from explicitly criticising Russia, but President Vladimir Putin previously admitted that Xi has “questions and concerns” about the invasion.
Russia forced to admit that the war has ‘adversely impacted the global economy’
Amid growing diplomatic isolation, Russia has been forced to agree that the “war in Ukraine” – which Moscow refuses to call a war – has “adversely impacted the global economy”, according to a draft communique from the G20 summit.
It also agreed that “the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons” is “inadmissible”, after months of President Vladimir Putin making such threats.
The summit has shown that even Russia’s allies have limited patience with a conflict that has inflated food and energy prices worldwide and raised the spectre of nuclear war.
But Putin’s delegate, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, did win an acknowledgement in the communique that while “most members” of the G20 condemned Putin’s invasion, “there were other views and different assessments”.
Leaders must now sign off on the final text before the summit ends on Wednesday.
Fifa boss urges World Cup ceasefire
The chief of soccer’s world governing body Fifa issued a plea on Tuesday for a ceasefire in the war in Ukraine for the duration of the World Cup, calling for all sides to use the tournament as a “positive trigger” to work towards a resolution.
Speaking during a lunch with leaders of the G20 countries, Fifa President Gianni Infantino said the month-long World Cup, which starts in Qatar on Sunday, offered a unique platform for peace.
“You’re the world leaders, you have the ability to influence the course of history. Football and the World Cup are offering you and the world a unique platform of unity and peace all over the world,” he said.
Russia reached the quarter-finals of the last World Cup in 2018 – which it hosted – but has been barred from this tournament over its invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine came close to qualifying for Qatar but lost out to Wales.
Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to host the event but has been heavily criticised over human rights abuses.
Follow the latest with the Telegraph’s World Cup live blog.
Kherson’s residents emerge into the light
Kherson’s residents seem as though they are emerging, still blinking, from a long hibernation, reports The Telegraph’s Colin Freeman.
Many barely left their homes during nearly nine months of occupation. The occupiers shut down local media and cut off internet access. Residents learned to become wary not just of Russian troops but of local collaborators, who included neighbours as well as turncoat local politicians. It was safer to simply stay indoors and keep quiet.
Now they must adapt to the outside world again.
Soldiers pose for a selfie in Kherson
The celebrations are continuing in Kherson, days after Ukrainian forces retook the city following more than eight months of occupation. President Volodymyr Zelensky further buoyed residents’ spirits with a surprise visit yesterday.
Sunak ‘confident’ of growing opposition to Ukraine war among G20
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is “confident” there is growing opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine among G20 countries, Downing Street said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “was left in no doubt of the strength of feeling by a number of G20 countries” during the first summit session, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters in Bali.
He said: “It wouldn’t be right for me to speak on behalf of other world leaders but there was certainly very strong condemnation from a number of quarters.
“I think that the Prime Minister, as you saw it, was very forthright and frank in his assessment of the problems that we are currently seeing.”
He said he is “confident that there is a growing number of countries who oppose” Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Sunak ‘wants to work with Saudi’ to stabilise energy marks
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he hoped the two nations could work together to help stabilise energy markets during a controversial meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
He had been expected to use the meeting to urge Saudi Arabia to boost production amid the disruption of supplies from Russia.
“In light of the global increase in energy prices sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the prime minister said he hoped the UK and Saudi Arabia could continue to work together to stabilise energy markets,” a spokesperson for Sunak said following the bilateral meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting was controversial because Mohammed bin Salman is accused of ordering the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
Mr Sunak did not bring up the incident during the talk, according to Downing Street, although the leaders apparently discussed “the need for more progress on freedoms in the kingdom.”
G20 talks focus on food and energy supplies amid war
Alongside securing global food supplies in the wake of Russia’s war in Ukraine, energy was also a focus of discussions at the G20 summit on Tuesday.
Ukraine’s President Zelensky accused Russia of an “attempt to turn the cold into a weapon” with a campaign of strikes against energy infrastructure as winter conditions take hold.
He backed a US-led push for a price cap on Russian oil exports “so that energy resources are no longer used as weapons.”
“If Russia is trying to deprive Ukraine, Europe and all energy consumers in the world of predictability and price stability, the answer to this should be a forced limitation of export prices for Russia.”
Several other leaders condemned the “weaponisation” of energy, including British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and China’s President Xi Jinping.
‘Get out of Ukraine and end this barbaric war!’ Rishi Sunak confronts Sergei Lavrov at G20 in first clash between a UK PM and the Putin regime since conflict began – but Russian foreign minister blames the WEST for starting ‘hybrid’ conflict