World leaders are fairly universally snubbing the Russian ambassador at the G20, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is there on behalf of the Kremlin.
Many are calling for unity and pressing for Russia to cease its aggression against Ukraine.
Joko Widodo, President of this year’s G20 host country Indonesia, made a plea in his opening statement, telling the gathered world leaders, “We have no other option. Collaboration is needed to save the world.”
[The] G20 must be the catalyst for inclusive economic recovery. We should not divide the world into parts. We must not allow the world to fall into another cold war,” he added.
“Being responsible means creating not zero-sum situations. Being responsible here also means that we must end the war. If the war does not end, it will be difficult for the world to move forward.”
And his sentiments are being echoed by other world leaders.
But the world’s refusal to play nicely with Russia may not yield the results they hope.
The more isolated the increasingly desperate country becomes, the less likely they will be wooed into peaceful prospects.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented a plan for peace before G20 leaders.
Hours later, a barrage of more than 85 missiles struck Ukraine, crippling power across the country. Two missiles are said to have struck across the border in Poland, killing multiple people, and neighboring Moldova has also suffered a critical power loss.
That military rejoinder is not the move of a country that’s confidently in control and happy with its place among the world’s leaders at G20 – and the desperate flailing may soon increase.
Ukraine, for its part, continues not to receive the one thing they’ve hoped for from the beginning – a decisive military response against Russia from NATO countries.