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Yellen Says Russian Officials Have No Place at G20 Meeting

Posted by M. C. on July 15, 2022

Just the good little boys and girls that do what they are told are allowed to play.

By Andrea Shalal

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Thursday said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine was causing a negative spillover around the world and Russian officials had no place at this week’s meeting of the Group of 20 major economies.

Speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of a G20 meeting of finance officials, Yellen called on the global community to hold Russia accountable for the war and its dramatic impact on energy prices and rising food insecurity.

Yellen dodged a question about whether she would walk out when Russian officials spoke, as she and other Western leaders did during the last such meeting in Washington in April, but said she would condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “in the strongest possible terms”.

“I think I’ve made clear that it cannot be business as usual with respect to Russia’s participation at these meetings,” she said, adding that she looked forward to welcoming Ukraine’s finance minister to the meetings.

Yellen said she would continue to push hard for a cap on the price of Russian oil that she said would help lower energy prices and maintain global oil flows after European and potentially British and U.S. sanctions on the transport of Russian oil take effect at the end of the year…

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