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‘Usual stories no one believed’- Scholz criticises Russian statements at G20 Summit, welcomes joint declaration

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« German Chancellor Olaf Scholz criticised Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s statements at the G20 Summit during a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday, calling them ‘the usual stories that no one believed’.
« When it comes to the question of the Russian Foreign Minister’s statements, which he presented and read out, those were the usual stories. I don’t think anyone in the room believed them, » the German Chancellor said and added that he had not shaken hands with Lavrov.
Scholz went on to say that he considers the joint declaration released on the first day of the G20 Summit successful.
« In the end, it was through the joint efforts of many countries, in Africa, in Asia, in South America, Europe, the USA, and many others, to ensure that there is such a declaration that also makes territorial integrity an issue and the sovereignty, » said Scholz.
« It’s about Ukraine, and for me, it indicates that a success can be measured by the fact that in the end, Russia gave up its resistance to such a decision because everyone else had moved in that direction, » he added.
Additionally, Scholz expressed his condolences to the victims of the earthquake in Morocco, which was hit by a deadly earthquake killing over 1,300.
On Saturday the leaders agreed to a joint declaration acknowledging the situation in Ukraine while also calling states ‘to refrain from the threat or use of force to seek territorial acquisition’, without explicitly singling out Russia for its offensive in Ukraine.
The G20 summit is held on November 9 and 10. »



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