Rishi Sunak calls Russia a ‘rogue state’ as he prepares for tense G20

Rishi Sunak has called Russia a “rogue state” as he heads to a tense G20 meeting in Bali where Vladimir Putin’s seat “will remain vacant”.

he Prime Minister arrives in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday to meet leaders from the world’s largest economies in one of his first appearances on the global stage since taking office last month.

It is expected that Mr Putin, who was unanimously condemned by Western leaders over the conflict, will skip the event and send his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov instead.

The Prime Minister wrote in The Daily Telegraph: “The man responsible for so much bloodshed in Ukraine and economic unrest around the world will not be there to confront his colleagues.”

He added: “We will not allow our economic future to be held hostage by the actions of a rogue state – nor will our allies.”

Mr Sunak wrote about the “five-point plan” he advocates at the G20, outlining areas he says require “coordinated global action” to prevent Russia from “choking the world economy”.

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The prime minister’s first three areas were: “Where it’s needed most,” including for Ukraine and those struggling with energy bills; Ending Russia’s “food weaponization”; and securing supply chains and moving away from energy dependency on Russia.

The last two were promoting the global free market and working together to ensure “financial stability”, including “calling” those who create debt traps in emerging markets.

The two-day summit, which begins on Tuesday, comes at a time when the world is facing some of the most significant economic challenges since G20 leaders first met to prepare for the 2008 financial crisis react.

We will not allow our economic future to be held hostage by the actions of a rogue state – nor will our alliesRishi Sunak

Economic problems have been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, which has led to higher energy and food prices and rising global inflation.

Mr Sunak previously said he would “call out Putin’s regime” during the first encounter between a British prime minister and Russian government officials since the start of the full-scale invasion of Moscow in February.

He plans to confront Lavrov with allies at the first plenary session of the summit.

Ahead of the trip, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We will definitely use every opportunity to confront Russia about its continued illegal actions.

“We…will speak with our allies on this with one voice.”

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