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India hosts fresh G-20 talks with Blinken, Lavrov set to face off

Analysts expect 'rocky ride' as Ukraine war overshadows Global South priorities

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov are set to attend a G-20 meeting in New Delhi. (Source photos by Reuters and Russian Foreign Ministry)

NEW DELHI -- The second major meeting of India's Group of 20 presidency begins Wednesday, with foreign ministers gathering in the nation's capital and analysts expecting a tense atmosphere over the war in Ukraine.

The event comes days after G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors met in Bengaluru and failed to produce a joint communique, as China backed Russia against including paragraphs on the war. India could only issue a "chair's summary and outcome document" that said "most members strongly condemned the war," but that "there were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions" against Moscow -- echoing the G-20's Bali statement last year.

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