Phnom Penh –
Canada’s foreign minister said she would not meet her Russian counterpart when the two sides meet at international summits in the coming days.
Mélanie Joly said she was open to the idea of working with China on certain issues, but said Russia must be treated as an unruly.
Joly is traveling to attend a series of global summits, two of which are attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
She said she would not meet Mr. Lavrov if she was invited to do so at the current Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit or next week’s G-20 meetings, saying that would legitimize Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Joly recently said Canada would try to limit its relationship with China because of concerns ranging from human rights to intellectual property.
However, Joly said she would accept a meeting with the Chinese leader because Canada wants to cooperate on issues like climate change.
In fact, Joly said she hopes to sit next to a Chinese official in the next few days at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, as these summits typically rank countries in table order. English letters.
“There is an influence battle going on,” Joly said. “Our goal is to isolate Russia economically, politically and diplomatically.”
Joly noted that Lavrov left the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting early last summer, which she said was meant to increase pressure against Russia.
“There is a growing consensus that what is happening in Ukraine is completely unacceptable.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 12, 2022.