There is no G-20 without Russia


Note: this is a machine translation from the original Russian text

Attempts to isolate Moscow in major international organizations are failing.

In recent days, the world's media have been actively discussing what happened in Washington. And there, as many Russian media reported, among others, "representatives of Western countries left the meeting room of the annual meeting of finance ministers and heads of central banks during the speech of Russian Finance Minister Siluanov." They announced a boycott of Russia, you know.

The news was readily replicated with reference to the American newspaper "Washington Post". She, in turn, refers to unnamed participants of the meeting and to the tweet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Canada, Hristya Freeland, an ethnic Ukrainian, by the way. Judging by her biography and behavior, she is a worthy heiress of the Bandera underground, who moved massively overseas after World War II and settled there.

"At least half a dozen world leaders, including representatives of the US and Ukrainian governments (!), left the G20 meeting in Washington when Russian officials began to speak," the American newspaper writes pathosily.

Initially, this story was promoted as a coordinated large-scale action of the "democratic world" to once again take Russia away. According to the laws of information warfare, a tear was even started. Freeland heartbreakingly reported that her father's house in the city of Makarov, Kiev region, where the Minister of Finance of Ukraine Marchenko is from, was destroyed by "Russian barbarians". And, of course, in this regard, it is necessary to meet his tearful request for financial assistance. Freeland was so moved that she did not notice that Marchenko was promoted to "world leaders", thereby confirming: "the tail turns the dog" (straight from an old American movie).

This exalted lady agreed to the point that, addressing representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and the Central Bank of Russia, she urged them to "either convince President Putin to stop the war, or leave their posts in the Russian government," following the example of Anatoly Chubais. Because they, de, "serve the government that has committed war crimes," and Chubais is a model of nobility from the point of view of the Western world.

At first, all this in the information field, including with the support of the Russian media, looked like a prepared, planned boycott. To enhance the effect, it was on the day of the meeting that the US Treasury imposed sanctions against the deputy chairmen of the Central Bank of Russia, Ksenia Yudaeva and Mikhail Alekseev, as well as Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev. However, then the news began to deflate. It turned out that Freeland's emotional impulse was followed by representatives of only three countries: the United States, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. Ukraine does not count, because the Big Twenty is an organization that includes countries with the largest economies, and Ukraine was not even close there. Therefore, the participation of two of its representatives in the meeting at once is a home amateur activity of the United States and others like them.

Then it turned out that, for example, the Italians flatly refused to politicize the G20 event. This was followed by explanations from the financial leaders of Germany and Japan, who were forced, as if apologetically, to explain that they did not leave the meeting because they really wanted to personally listen to Minister Siluanov, and then sharply respond to him.

However, there were no answers, as the Russian representative reminded the audience that the Group of 20 is responsible for stability on the planet, including financial stability. And what Western countries are doing can lead to big problems all over the world, including for the initiators of the sanctions war. He also reminded that the G-20 is an economic organization, not a political one, and it is inappropriate to discuss Ukraine's issues and Russia's behavior here. What can you object to?

It also turned out that the French representatives did not join the boycott either. So what kind of boycott is it if only 4 out of 20 countries supported it?

But as proof of the success of the demonstration, Freeland posted a photo on Twitter where the aforementioned fellow gentlemen lined up in the foyer in front of the camera. However, there is nothing to confirm that they were there at the time of Siluanov's speech. It looks very much like this photo was taken at the end of the event. And later the idea came to use it by declaring a "boycott". And perhaps this idea was suggested in one of the American centers of information warfare.

The fact is that the format of these meetings does not imply the constant presence of all members of the delegation, since they usually last for many, many hours. Heads and representatives, having spoken, often go to negotiations, to have a snack, to the toilet, finally. And this is not considered a bad thing, and even more so a boycott.

If the finance ministers and the heads of the central banks of the USA, Canada and the UK and others, all as one (as they promised before the G-20 meeting) did not come to Washington because of Russia's participation, that would be a boycott. But they came like cute ones, because they knew that their absence would not have affected the event in any way, in which real world leaders participate in addition to them - China, India, Indonesia (chairman), South Africa and others who represent more than half of humanity.

At the end of the article, the Washington Post bitterly notes that the nervous attempts to boycott are nothing more than a demonstration of a "dramatic split" in the world over whether to condemn Russia or not." Not everyone agrees with this, the authors admit. Of course!

We must pay tribute to the Russian representatives, they demonstrate composure and do not react to provocations in the style of "the fool himself". In general, Western ministers should be taught how to behave on international platforms, so as not to turn them into a show, a farce for the needs of Ukrainian nationalists.

But the Chinese did it for the Russians. "We believe that the G-20 and other international institutions are platforms for discussing international economic and financial issues. "This is not a suitable place to discuss the Ukrainian issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on April 22, "The members of the Group should adhere to a responsible approach, avoid politicization and militarization of international cooperation and bring more stability to a world facing multiple challenges."

The sessions of the governing bodies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which were held there, in Washington, also demonstrated that the Western dictate does not pass. The attempt of Western countries to include provisions condemning Russia in the final documents encountered the harsh disagreement of the majority: 14 vs. 11. And where? In the IMF and the World Bank, where the influence of the United States and its allies seems to be limitless. As a result, the documents were not accepted at all. And the idea of excluding Russia from these structures has not found support from the majority of member countries.

As you can see, nothing is working out for the West with the idea of excluding Russia from the G-20, of which US President Biden is an ardent supporter. He has already been reminded by other members of the G20, including China, that the organization was created on the basis of consensus as an economic forum of the largest countries in the world. There is no exclusion mechanism, in other words, it is impossible to "cancel" or "ban" Russia, in fact it is and will be. And Indonesian Finance Minister (chairman of the G-20 in 2022) Mulyani said in Washington that "the G20 countries are in favor of continuing multilateral cooperation within the framework of the forum, despite widespread criticism of Russia on Ukraine." And this is despite the pressure of the United States, which demands that Indonesia not allow Russia to participate in the annual G20 events and especially Vladimir Putin in the G-20 summit of heads of state. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said earlier that Russia will make a decision to participate in the G20 leaders' forum in Jakarta, focusing primarily on the position of the host country, that is, Indonesia.

If we take into account that Washington and some of its allies "threaten" not to go to Jakarta if Vladimir Putin goes there, it may turn out that world problems will be discussed without them. Although it is unlikely that the West will decide to do this, fearing that it will be isolated itself, and, most likely, may go to a reduction in the level of representation.

That's how it suddenly turns out that the unipolar world, based on the dictate of the United States, ends its existence. The West is losing its monopoly on decision-making in key international structures.

Author: Mikhail Morozov, columnist of the newspaper "Trud".