The "twenty" meeting in India ends without consensus on the Ukraine war

EU Designates 121 Individuals and 96 Entities on Russia Sanctions List

During the G20 meetings in India near the city of Bangalore. Reuters

The European Union announced yesterday the inclusion of 121 individuals and 96 organizations on its tenth sanctions list against Russia, as the meeting of the Group of Twenty in India ended without consensus on the Ukraine war.

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said in a statement yesterday that the new sanctions decision expands the list of entities that directly support the Russian military and industrial complex in its war against Ukraine, by adding 96 entities, and imposing strict export restrictions on them.

According to Borrell, the entities include seven Iranian companies accused of supplying Russia with dual-use goods, stressing that the tenth package of sanctions against Russia, approved by the permanent representatives of the European Union countries, includes 121 individuals.

Borrell pointed out that the new package of sanctions against Russia includes: banning the broadcast and distribution of everything related to Sputnik and RT in Arabic.

India, the current president of the Group of Twenty, said yesterday that most of the members of the group strongly condemn the war in Ukraine and reiterated their positions demanding Russia's withdrawal from Ukrainian territory, but without consensus.

In a statement issued at the end of a meeting of finance ministers and heads of central banks of the GUUAM countries near the city of Bangalore, India said all GUUAM countries had endorsed the statement denouncing Russia's war on Ukraine except Russia and China.

India has said the G20 is not a forum for solving security problems, but security issues could have serious consequences for the global economy.

Finance ministers from the world's largest economies were unable to overcome their differences over the war in Ukraine and went to discuss proposals to restructure the debt of troubled countries, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Three envoys told Reuters that Russian and Chinese participants were annoyed by the use of the G20 platform to discuss politics.

India, which holds the G20 presidency this year, has maintained a largely neutral stance on the war, refraining from blaming Russia, while seeking a diplomatic solution and boosting its purchases of Russian oil.

India and China were among the countries that abstained last Thursday, when the United Nations overwhelmingly agreed to demand that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine and stop fighting.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that he will lead international efforts in support of Ukraine, as Japan holds the rotating presidency of the Group of Seven this year, adding in remarks yesterday: "We should not tolerate this attempt to change the status quo by force. We must support Ukraine, and resolutely apply sanctions against Russia, in order to restore the global order based on the rule of law stemming from the UN Charter and other international laws."

"What happens in Ukraine can also happen in East Asia," Kishida added, explaining that "Japan cannot supply Ukraine with weapons, because government policies restrict the transfer of defense equipment, but his country will continue to focus on humanitarian support and reconstruction assistance, including providing equipment to address energy shortages and mine clearance."

On Monday, Kishida announced new sanctions against Russia, including: freezing the assets of Russian individuals, organizations and financial institutions, and expanding the list of items banned from export.

Japan's sanctions, which were imposed in several stages against the backdrop of Russia's special military operation, include more than 900 people and more than 50 organizations in Russia.

Three envoys revealed that Russian and Chinese participants were annoyed by the use of the G20 platform to discuss political matters.