Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley knocked President Biden over the Group of 20 (G20) summit’s assertion on Ukraine, calling it a “win” for Russia and China.
When requested on CNN’s “State of The Union” in regards to the closing assertion of this yr’s G20 summit, which stopped in need of condemning Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, Haley mentioned, “It was a win for Russia and China. They’re celebrating right this moment.”
“I imply, what we should always have had was, Biden ought to have actually pushed laborious to acknowledge what he acknowledged a yr in the past, that Russia invaded a pro-American, freedom-loving nation,” Haley continued. “And that’s a truth, and to disclaim a truth a yr later is giving a win to Russia. And China is gloating, as a result of they’re Taiwan as that is occurring, and it’s a disgrace.”
The G20 summit assertion drew criticism for not criticizing Russia for its conflict with Ukraine, however as an alternative together with a generic request for nations to respect one another’s borders. The assertion largely contrasted with final yr’s G20 summit assertion, which strongly condemned Russia for the conflict.
Ukrainian International Affairs Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko mentioned this yr’s assertion is “nothing to be pleased with.”
“Ukraine is grateful to the companions who tried to incorporate sturdy wordings within the textual content,” Nikolenko mentioned in a Fb put up. “On the similar time, when it comes to Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, the Group of 20 has nothing to be pleased with. It’s apparent that participation of the Ukrainian facet would enable the individuals to higher perceive
Nikolenko’s remarks have been accompanied by a screenshot of the assertion, which was edited to vary sure wording to say the conflict is “towards” Ukraine quite than “in” the nation and to make the assertion’s name for “all states” to behave in accordance with the United Nations constitution as an alternative single out Russia.
Razom We Stand, a Ukrainian advocacy group centered on anti-Russian vitality coverage, mentioned the assertion is “cowardly” and “utterly fails to handle the duty the G20 ought to need to cease Russia and its geopolitical weapons.”
Haley, a former United Nations ambassador, has remained vocal over U.S. assist to Ukraine throughout her presidential run. Throughout final month’s GOP debate, Haley accused Republican rival Vivek Ramaswamy of selecting Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine after he was the one candidate to say he would cease U.S. funding to Ukraine if elected president.
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