Sri Mulyani’s comments on US-Canada walkout at G20 finance ministers meeting


A number of countries such as the United States (US), Canada and the United Kingdom have left the G20 forum. This action was taken as Russian representatives presented their views to the forum.

Quoted by Reuters, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she disagreed with Russia’s presence at the G20. Furthermore, UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak strongly condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said countries around the world will not remain silent in the face of Russia’s ongoing attacks and crimes in Ukraine.

“Today, Canada and a number of countries left the G20 forum as Russia participated in this meeting,” he said, quoted on the Twitter account @carfreeland.

He also said that Canada and the United States are true trading partners and have agreed to help Ukraine break free from the pressures of war and overcome global food security.

Next, Chrystia also reported that German Finance Minister Christian Lindner provided financial support to Ukraine.

“We talked about the impact of the war on Russia and Ukraine. I thank Europe for supporting Ukraine,” he explained.

Sri Mulyani responds to the walkout

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the exit of Western countries from the courtroom at the meeting was not a surprise. They had previously threatened to leave if Russia participated in the meeting.

“We understand that there are several scenarios on how the G7+ countries will react to Russia’s first presence and when Russia will intervene or speak. So it is not a surprise to us,” Sri Mulyani said.

Even so, Sri Mulyani said the trial went smoothly. It is said that the departure from the country of Uncle Sam and his friends did not reduce the effectiveness of the G20 forum due to conflicts and disagreements among members.

“This is done without disrupting and in this case without creating problems for our discussion regarding the substance (of the forum) itself,” he said.

Sri Mulyani explained that the G20 meeting in the United States discussed intensively the war between Russia and Ukraine. Many G20 member states have called on Russia to stop the war against Ukraine.


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