U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen addresses an Atlantic Council front page event April 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP

As the United States lashed out at Russia at the Group of 20 (G20) summit and tried to convince other economies to step up pressure on Moscow, experts said such a move was expected and criticized the United States for again using what should be a platform for cooperation. put pressure on other countries.

It is also an evasion of responsibility, as the United States tried to blame all the blame for the surge in domestic inflation on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, they said, responding to remarks by officials of the US government before and during the G20 calling for pressure. Russia on certain international issues such as the food crisis, which were in fact the result of multiple factors, including US sanctions against Russia.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, speaking at a meeting of G20 finance officials in Indonesia, on Friday urged major G20 economies to take urgent action to address a short-lived food security crisis. term and avoid market-distorting export and storage restrictions, according to Reuters. Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “used food as a weapon of war”, she claimed, citing “the destruction of agricultural facilities, the theft of grain and agricultural equipment and the effective blockade of Black Sea ports”. .

A day earlier, Yellen said she would continue to pressure G20 allies at the meeting for a Russian oil price cap and press Moscow to end the war while cutting the costs of energy, according to AFP.

The United States is expected to use the G20 to criticize Russia, and that is consistent with its consistent stance, judging from the behavior of the United States, Song Guoyou, deputy director of the Center for Development, said Friday. American Studies from Fudan University, to the Global Times.

Currently, American diplomacy is focusing on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, so they will spare no effort to condemn Russia, which shows that the United States is taking advantage of international mechanisms for its own interests, and “it’ is long-term behavior,” added Song.

Sanctions against Russia are only applied by the United States and some Western countries, and do not apply to the G20 platform, which is more of a global organization, said He Weiwen, a member of the executive board of the China Society for World Trade Organization Studies. the Global Times on Friday.

Chinese experts said the G20 is a platform for cooperation, not a platform for one country to pressure another, which is a show of confrontation, not cooperation.

Urging certain countries to pressure Russia is also not in line with the original purpose and intention of the G20, Bai Ming, deputy director of the international market research institute, told the Global Times on Friday. from the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation. .

“You can see that the United States is not putting the food issue first, but using it as a pretext to suppress Russia,” Bai said, noting that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict had been sparked by long-running hostility. US term. leads NATO in Russia.

Besides Russia, China is also becoming a target of the United States. China is a “very large” creditor of Sri Lanka and it would likely be in the interests of both countries if China participated in the restructuring of Sri Lanka’s debt, Yellen said on Thursday.

Yellen said she would urge other members of major G20 economies to pressure China to be more cooperative in long-running efforts to restructure the debts of over-indebted countries, including Sri Lanka.

Observers are calling for global efforts for an immediate debt restructuring plan to help the country through its difficulties.

“For the difficulties faced by Sri Lanka, China will continue to provide assistance to the best of its ability and support Sri Lanka’s rapid economic recovery and people’s livelihood improvement,” Shu Jueting said. spokesperson for MOFCOM, during a regular press conference on Thursday.

China is willing to work with relevant countries and international financial institutions to continue to play an active role in resolving the current difficulties, alleviating the debt burden and achieving sustainable development for Sri Lanka, said Friday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

Financial leaders from the world’s major economies gathered on the Indonesian island of Bali on Friday, seeking ways to counter the economic fallout, inflation and other global crises hitting economies around the world.

Chinese experts said all countries would agree with the need to ease the global food crisis and demand the opening of food transport channels, including Russia, which has never said it was hampering transporting food, “so G20 countries should be consistent in this regard. “

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