Poles have courage: they demand Russia’s exclusion from the G20. The United States is

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Poland announced on Tuesday that it had suggested to US officials that Russia be excluded from the G20 group (the group of the world’s largest economies) as a punishment for invading Ukraine, and the request received a “positive response and approval.” .

Polish Minister of Economic Development and Technology Piotr Nowak said the issue was discussed at a meeting in Washington last week.

“During meetings with, among others, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, I proposed excluding Russia from the G20, and I received a positive response and approval, which will be forwarded to President (Joe) Biden,” Nowak said. , at a conference in Warsaw.

There was no immediate response from the US Department of Commerce. Although he did not comment on Poland’s announcement, a US source said Russia had violated international rules and therefore there should be consequences in multilateral fora.

Russia has been excluded from the Group of Eight (G8), a group of the world’s most developed economies, after the annexation of Crimea in 2014. However, the G20 is a much larger group that includes India, China, Brazil and other countries. . That is why it can be difficult to get unanimous support for Russia’s exclusion.

Nowak added that Polish officials have suggested that Russia’s place be transferred to Poland “thanks to the success of 30 years of transformation” from a communist state into an open economy.

“Our interlocutors expressed support for our position and said that if unanimity in the G20 for Russia’s exclusion proves to be a problem, the United States could consider leaving the club and creating another alternative structure.” he said.

Many officials from Western delegations refused to meet with their Russian counterparts in various formats, according to the World Trade Organization.

“Many governments have raised objections to what is happening there, and these objections have been manifested by a lack of commitment to the member concerned,” said WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell.