Russia sees its role on the world stage diminished by the Ukraine war


SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT — From United Nations climate negotiations at this Red Sea beach resort to G-20 meetings on the beaches of Bali, Russian diplomats have found themselves out looking at key global gatherings this week — shunned and left out by Vladimir Putin. The war in Ukraine.

Russia had big plans for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt, known as COP27, as it scheduled four round-table discussions. No foreigners agreed to speak on the committee; The Russians were left to talk among themselves.

I called everyone but no one [will come]lament Former NHL star Vyacheslav Fetisov, member of the State Duma of Russia and president of the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation.

Fetisov scrolled through his phone, pointing to pre-war photos showing meetings with US climate envoy John F. Kerry. In one snap, Kerry held up a hockey jersey on which Fetisov had written in permanent marker: “John, get ready and let’s play hockey in the Arctic and change the world for the better! Your Russian friend, Slava Fetisov.”

“At the moment, I don’t think so [Kerry] “He’s going to shake Slava’s hand,” said Sergey Rybakov, another member of the delegation, using Fetisov’s nickname.

war for her Big loom during the climate conference. Just weeks before its inauguration, Russia began mounting massive attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, adding to concerns about the global energy crisis sparked by the Russian invasion. At the G-20, the annual gathering of world powers, Russia also found itself in an unusual position: a major topic of discussion rather than a leading player.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi — who has remained friendly with Russia throughout the war, welcoming Russian tourists and hosting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier this year — used his COP27 speech to call for an end to the fighting. “This is a call from our conference,” he said. Let this destruction and killing end.

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Speaking to delegates via video call, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of waging war not only against the Ukrainian people but against the country’s natural resources.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak addressing the conference in Sharm El-Sheikh Last week, he said: “Putin’s hateful war in Ukraine, and soaring energy prices around the world, are not a reason to slow down on climate change. They are a reason to act faster.”

In Bali, Sunak promised to “Call Putin’s regimeCanadian leader Justin Trudeau said,no interestSpeaking to Lavrov, who is attending the G-20 summit in place of Putin. He said Trudeau’s goal at the summit was to ensure “the world comes together to reinforce that Putin made a terrible, terrible choice when he decided to invade a peaceful neighboring country.”

Unlike previous G20 summits, there is unlikely to be a “family photo” at the end of this year’s meetings in Bali, in part because several government leaders have said they would not participate if Russian delegates were present, Indonesian officials said.

A White House official noted that the leaders of the Group of Seven countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States – did not participate in any group photos with Russian officials in about 15 meetings this year.

“Russia is waging war and killing innocent civilians,” said the White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely. “I think it’s reasonable not to have a family photo from any perspective, not just the United States.”

When asked if the Russian delegation felt marginalized at COP27, Fetisov quipped. “What’s your opinion?” to reply.

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Russia is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, and Fetisov said ignoring his country’s view in global climate talks was short-sighted.

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“Without Russia, you cannot solve these problems,” Fetisov said of the climate crisis. Dispute [in Ukraine] It could end tomorrow. But you miss another year to make the right choice for the future.

“We did not come to Egypt to talk about the situation in Ukraine,” he added. “We came here to share our concerns…share our experience…share our knowledge.”

The experience was sobering As for Fetisov – once celebrated as Stanley Cup champion in the US, Washington has now punished him for voting for The illegal annexation of Russia From Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.

He is forbidden to travel to many countries, including the United States, where his daughter lives. “if [COP27] I would be in another part of the world, I wouldn’t have been able to come,” he said.

The same applies to the members of the Russian delegation to the G20 in Indonesia.

For several months before the summit, Indonesian officials were concerned about Putin’s attendance, causing other world leaders to boycott the event. Two days before the summit, and hours after the Russian forces forced it Withdrawal from the Ukrainian city of Khersonthe Russian Embassy in Indonesia announced that Putin would not attend and that Lavrov would take his place.

Balinese Governor Wayan Koster greeted Lavrov with a performance of Balinese dancers when he landed on the island on Sunday night. But on Monday, as other G20 leaders began busy schedules of bilateral meetings and panel discussions, Lavrov was largely absent from work.

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Citing Indonesian officials, the Associated Press reported that he fell ill after his arrival — a claim quickly dismissed by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which released a video of him reviewing documents at his beachfront hotel. The silent presence of the Russian delegation is a sharp contrast to the G20 conference in 2019, the last conference Putin attended personally, and where he was cause a splash By meeting with the United States, China, India and others.

A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Indonesia did not respond to inquiries about whether Lavrov planned to meet any officials on the sidelines of the summit. China has not announced any official meetings with Russia, though Beijing joined Moscow on Tuesday in opposing the use of the word “war” in a joint statement to describe the invasion of Ukraine.

In G20 talks, China objects to calling Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a ‘war’

Activist groups say world leaders need to move past condemnations at the G20. “If all the Western powers want to do in Bali is play down Russia, they’re going to find that a lot of non-Western colleagues won’t play with it,” said Richard Gowan, who oversees advocacy at the United Nations for the International Crisis Group. Guan said Western countries need to work with leaders from China and India to persuade Russia to refuse to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

On Tuesday evening, the Russian delegation drew a small crowd at a COP27 event, but was quickly obstructed by activists: “You war criminals!” someone shouted. “You are killing my people!” another shouted. UN security escorted them out of the room.

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