Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the country has been very unpopular in the international arena. For example, when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (72) spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, diplomats from a wide range of countries left the hall. In diplomacy, where the smallest gesture can have a huge impact, a clear rejection.
Similar scenes are said to have emerged at the G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors this week in Washington. When the Russian actor, Anton Siluanov (59 years old) was almost online, the ranks in the hall waned. And Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland (53 years) published a picture of those who boycotted the speech. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (75) and Christine Lagarde (66), president of the European Central Bank, can be seen among them.
Maurer remained seated
But one person remained seated: First Vice President and Finance Minister Ueli Maurer (71). This is what the newspapers say «CH Media» Referring to informed sources. However, the finance department declined to comment. According to the report, the Federal Foreign Office (FDFA) stated that Switzerland generally does not practice an “empty chair policy”, in which multilateral institutions should be places for dialogue.
In the case of unacceptable statements by member states, Switzerland is considering whether and how it wants to respond to the situation. Leaving the room is an option “only in exceptional cases”.
Lindner remained in the hall
Maurer was not the only minister with stamina. According to various media reports, the majority of participants did not join the boycott. Among them, for example, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner (43), who also remained seated in the hall. The British delegates, in turn, were among those who declined to speak.
The G20 is the most important group of industrialized and emerging nations, with France, China and India in addition to the United States and Canada. Switzerland is not a member, but can participate regularly in meetings of finance ministers and central bank governors. (gbl)
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