Secretary Yellen, and the other finance ministers from US Treasury left the G20 meeting with Russia

Secretary Yellen, and the other finance ministers from US Treasury left the G20 meeting with Russia

Secretary Yellen, and the other finance ministers from US Treasury left the G20 meeting with Russia
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When the Russian representative began his remarks at a closed-door G20 meeting in Washington, DC on Wednesday, finance ministers from a number of countries stormed out.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen participated in the walkout

The other European and Western officials also participated in the meeting.

US officials said that Yellen wiould not participate in certain sessions including Russia’s.

As invited attendees, Ukrainian officials spoke at the meeting and walked out during Russia’s presentation.

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During those remarks, Yellen and other officials were present, but they left when Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov began speaking virtually.

Finance ministers had discussed preparations to boycott Russia’s participation before of time, according to a second official.

Yellen stated earlier this month that she had advised Indonesia, which is hosting the G20 this year that she would not be participating in sessions with Russia.

The G20 finance ministers are convening in Washington this week to coincide with the World Bank and IMF annual meetings.

Previously, when it came to Yellen’s encounters with Russian officials during this week’s huge summit of global economic leaders, Treasury officials made it clear that it would not be business as usual.

She will not attend all of them if Russian officials are there, according to a senior US Treasury Official.

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“President Biden’s made clear and I certainly agree with him that it cannot be business as usual for Russia in any of the financial institutions,” Yellen told earlier.

“He’s asked that Russia be removed from the G20 and I’ve made clear to my colleagues in Indonesia that we will not be participating in a number of meetings if the Russians are there,” she said.

US President, Joe Biden, has stated that Russia should be kicked out of the G20, ejecting Moscow would require unanimous approval from all members.

Now that is doubtful, given China has stated that it will not support Russia’s expulsion.

 

 

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