Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, addressed Russian dictator Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit and accused him of attempting to destroy Ukraine.
Initially, she addressed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and emphasized that the world continues to experience numerous crises, witnessing the escalation of destruction and wars, as well as a blatant denial of the existing global order and world architecture.
Then she turned to Putin, accusing him of attempting to destroy the sovereign state of Ukraine and trying to provoke regional instability.
“If Russia stops fighting, the war will be over,” Ursula von der Leyen said.
What did Putin say at the G20 summit?
Earlier reports indicated that speaking via video link at the G20 summit, the Kremlin’s head could not avoid the topic of the war in Ukraine, initiated by Russia. He cynically stated that one should “think about how to stop this tragedy.”
“Military actions are always a tragedy for specific individuals, specific families, and the country as a whole. Undoubtedly, we must think about how to stop this tragedy. By the way, Russia has never rejected peaceful negotiations with Ukraine,” Putin uttered another dose of absurdity.
As for what he plans to do to end the war as soon as possible, the President of Russia did not specify.
Not without the usual deceit: the Kremlin leader began to assert that official Moscow supposedly never refused peaceful negotiations with Ukraine.
“It was not Russia but Ukraine that publicly announced its withdrawal from the negotiation process. And not only that, a decree signed by the head of the state prohibiting negotiations with Russia was issued” – Putin said.
The Russian dictator stated that the stress faced by the global economy is a consequence of the “ill-conceived macroeconomic policies of some states,” not Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Putin himself considers an “attempt to achieve justice.”