Russia, U.S. fail to agree on ASEAN statement in bad sign for G20

Russia and the United States have failed to agree on the language of a joint statement following an 18-nation summit in Cambodia, making it unlikely that the Group of 20 nations will reach a conclusion. a consensus in Indonesia either this week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed the United States and its allies, saying on Sunday that they “insisted on absolutely unacceptable language regarding the situation in Ukraine.” He said the United States had succeeded in splitting the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and accused NATO of stepping up its activities in the region.

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