Senate debates

Monday, 11 September 2023

Questions without Notice

ASEAN-Australia Summit, East Asia Summit

2:09 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you to Senator Smith for this question about the G20. Our engagement with the G20 has never been more important, given the circumstances the world faces.

As I said, we all know that Russia has been a spoiler at key international meetings. But despite their efforts over the weekend, the G20 delivered a strong consensus message on Russia's war in Ukraine. The statement was clear about the need to respect the UN charter and the principles of territorial sovereignty, and it called on all states to uphold the principles of international law. The point that must be made over and over again in relation to Ukraine is that the principles in the charter and the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty protect all of us.

In several key aspects, this statement was stronger than last year's, especially in relation to the food and energy impacts of Russia's war, which are so important to our regional partners and in the global south. We will continue to push for more and continue to stand with Ukraine. (Time expired)


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