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Western nations go on the defensive as Russia thanks India for G-20 declaration

NEW DELHI – Leaders from Western countries and Japan found themselves on the defensive as they faced questions over why they stopped short of directly criticising Russia for the war in Ukraine in a joint statement issued at the just-concluded Group of 20 (G-20) summit in New Delhi.

The Delhi Declaration, which went through 15 drafts and 200 hours of negotiations, according to the Indian side, dropped the direct condemnation of Russia that found a place in the 2022 Bali Declaration, which referred to Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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