NUSA DUA, Indonesia — He was a skunk on the tropical resort occasion, shunned by many, although not by all.
Russia’s international minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, attended a gathering of finance ministers from the Group of 20 industrialized nations in Bali on Friday, regardless of his nation’s pariah standing in Europe and past over its brutal conflict in Ukraine.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken declined to satisfy with him, as did a number of different Western officers. Few agreed even to pose with him for customary pictures.
However in a mirrored image of why Russia’s financial system continues to perform, Mr. Lavrov did meet instantly with a number of ministers from main nations which have declined to hitch the Western-led coalition towards his nation, together with these from China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina and Indonesia.
In remarks at a plenary session targeted on meals and power insecurity, Mr. Blinken took oblique intention at Mr. Lavrov and his colleagues in Moscow, renewing fees that Russia’s Black Sea blockade of Ukrainian ports was stopping the export of significant grain provides.
“To our Russian colleagues: Ukraine isn’t your nation,” Mr. Blinken mentioned. “Its grain isn’t your grain. Why are you blocking the ports? You must let the grain out.” He famous that america had dedicated greater than $5 billion to addressing the issue.
A Western official mentioned that Mr. Lavrov was not current for Mr. Blinken’s remarks, having walked out simply earlier than Ukraine’s international minister spoke earlier within the session, leaving the talking function to a subordinate who mentioned she didn’t have ready remarks. Mr. Lavrov additionally walked out of a earlier group session throughout remarks by Germany’s international minister.
However in remarks to reporters, the famously sardonic Russian diplomat was defiant.
Mr. Lavrov mentioned that “blatant Russophobia” was inflicting Western nations to permit hurt to the worldwide financial system via sanctions towards his nation, and he blamed america for a breakdown in diplomacy between Washington and Moscow.
The Russian diplomat mentioned that Western nations like america had been performing opposite to the Group of 20’s mission of selling world financial well being by sustaining their monumental sanctions on his nation.
“The truth that they aren’t utilizing the G20 for the target that it was established for is apparent,” he mentioned.
The Treasury Division positioned sanctions on Mr. Lavrov instantly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling him “instantly accountable” for the navy assault.
On Friday, he dismissed any notion that he was disenchanted to not communicate with Mr. Blinken, with whom he final spoke throughout a mid-January assembly in Geneva that American officers noticed as a last-ditch effort to move off an invasion.
“It was not us who deserted all contacts, it was america,” Mr. Lavrov mentioned. “And we aren’t working after anyone suggesting conferences. In the event that they don’t wish to speak, it’s their alternative. I didn’t suppose it was mandatory to begin any confrontation.”
Mr. Lavrov additionally took a chance on Friday to disparage Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, a day after Mr. Johnson mentioned he would resign from his submit. Mr. Johnson had led one the West’s most aggressive responses towards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“They had been making an attempt to determine this new alliance — the U.Ok., the Baltics, Poland and Ukraine,” Mr. Lavrov mentioned, calling it an try to create “an English bridgehead on the continent” after Britain’s exit from the European Union.
“They had been saying that NATO remoted Russia,” Mr. Lavrov mentioned. “It was his occasion that remoted Boris Johnson.”
India’s international minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who was seen strolling and chatting with Mr. Lavrov via the luxurious lodge that hosted the gathering, mentioned on Twitter that he and Mr. Lavrov had “exchanged views on up to date regional and worldwide points together with the Ukraine battle and Afghanistan.” India has pleasant relations with Moscow, a longtime patron and supply of arms gross sales, and has helped Russia climate sanctions by rising its purchases of Russian oil, at a major low cost.