Biden will push countries that are on the fence at the Bali summit to step up their efforts against Russia


BALI, Indonesia — President Joe Biden will push the leaders of the world’s major economies to enforce a price cap on Russian oil and gas when he sees them at a summit in Bali on Tuesday.

Biden will tell countries participating in the Group of 20 Summit that the price cap will benefit their economies and help stabilize the global energy market, a US official said during a phone call with reporters.

Gate-sitting countries that have refused to impose sanctions on Russia over its war on Ukraine are some of the strongest opponents of the price cap that the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and European countries are trying to introduce early . December.

Indonesia, which is hosting the summit, and India, a major importer of Russian oil, have not agreed to abide by the price cap, which is designed to squeeze Moscow’s revenues and make it more difficult for Russia to continue its war effort. to make.

Opening the summit, Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for unity despite disagreements over Ukraine.

The G20 is a “much-needed” forum, Widodo told leaders, saying, without mentioning Russia, “We must end the war.”

President Joe Biden, right, walks to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Monday, November 14, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia. (TBEN Photo/Alex Brandon)

The last:

  • Rally around Ukraine: The US said on Tuesday that most G20 countries were preparing to release a statement condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine.

  • What it will say: Nations will accuse Russia of wreaking havoc on the global economy and causing immense suffering in Ukraine and developing countries facing food and fuel insecurity as a result of the war.

  • Who’s in, who’s out: The US official who briefed reporters declined to say which countries had signed up.

  • Main opposition: Russia is a member of the G20 and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is attending the summit in Bali.

  • Biden’s Day: Leaders socialized together over a private lunch and held two work sessions. Biden joined Widodo and Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in hosting a global infrastructure event attended by leaders including India’s Narendra Modi.

  • Barely: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who met Biden in Phnom Penh on Saturday, tested positive for COVID. The White House says Biden’s test came back negative.

What’s going to happen

Biden is attending the G20 summit on the holiday island of Bali, Indonesia.

He will meet with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Tuesday evening and attend a gala dinner before going to bed.

Biden cleared time on Wednesday before leaving Bali for the long journey back to Washington to meet with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Top takeaways

With so many of Biden’s interactions taking place behind closed doors at the G20, it will be difficult to know which leaders he sought and which nations he avoided.

For example, the message of Biden’s unscheduled conversation with Turks President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan circulated through Turkish media prior to confirmation that a meeting had taken place from the White House.

Earlier in the trip Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters the president has no plans to sit down with Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler — but that rules out a situation where Biden speaks with the crown prince at one of the events. .

The president may also want to consult with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz about the leader’s recent trip to Beijing, following Biden’s meeting with Xi on Monday night in Bali.

Biden is least likely to talk to Lavrov given the US president’s efforts to get G20 countries to punish and isolate Russia.

What they say

  • Sullivan said he told reporters ahead of the summit that Biden’s focus would be on energy security, the clean energy transition, food security, debt relief for low- and middle-income countries, reform of multilateral development banks and the launch of a pandemic preparedness fund.

  • “He will also bring together like-minded countries to speak out strongly against Russia’s illegal invasion of — and the illegal war in Ukraine, which has exacerbated many of these challenges,” Sullivan said.

  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the leaders over lunch that he wanted to talk to them about the “one subject” he believes they can all agree on: “Football”.

  • Infantino said the sport, known as football in the United States, is “truly unique” and “unites the world.

  • The White House said in a statement that Biden “expressed deep condolences to President Erdogan” and the people of Turkey “over the acts of violence in Istanbul and made it clear that we stand with our NATO ally.”

Why it matters

Turkey has been instrumental in enforcing a deal with Russia to export grain from Ukraine in order to avoid a global hunger crisis.

“President Biden expressed his appreciation to President Erdogan for his efforts to revamp the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which they both agreed has been critical to improving global food security amid the Russian war and that the initiative should continue,” the White House said in a statement. after their meeting.

The two leaders also discussed Turkey’s efforts to delay an expansion of the NATO security alliance, the White House statement said.

“The two also discussed continuing close coordination on NATO alliance issues and other issues of regional and global importance,” it said.

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