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Russia and West spar as G-20 communique remains elusive for India

Blinken speaks briefly with Lavrov, urges Russia to adhere to New Start arms treaty

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the G-20 foreign ministers via video link in New Delhi on March 2.   © AP

NEW DELHI -- Russian and Western diplomats clashed over the Ukraine war as Group of 20 foreign ministers gathered in New Delhi on Thursday, even as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he expected they would "rise above differences."

For the second G-20 event in a row, after a finance ministers meeting last week, India could only issue a "chair's summary and outcome document" rather than the traditional joint communique.

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