G20 foreign ministers focus on Ukraine at meeting in India

Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 were wrapping up a two-day meeting in New Delhi on Thursday, where the war in Ukraine was a major focus of their talks.

The ministers sought common ground amid deepening divisions over the conflict. They also discussed the global surge in energy and food prices, but struggled to come up with a unified response.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly told attendees that the meeting was again marred by Russia's unprovoked and unjustified attacks on Ukraine.

Russia's state media said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized sanctions imposed by the western nations on his country, and insisted barriers are needed against illegal sanctions which infringe on free trade.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang reportedly said international issues should be decided through discussions and that different camps should not counter each other.

Several bilateral meetings took place on the sidelines. The Chinese foreign ministry said Qin and Lavrov met and vowed to strengthen cooperation. But nothing was released about any talk of Ukraine's situation. Blinken met his counterparts from India and the Netherlands, but it is unknown if he met with either Qin or Lavrov.