Putin’s speech at virtual G20 full of false narratives, event ignored by Biden and Xi

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin reiterated his false narrative about Ukraine's "attack on the Donbas" and Moscow's alleged pursuit of "peace" in his online address to the virtual G20 summit, published by the Russian propaganda agency TASS on Nov. 22.

War is always a tragedy, but "we have to think" about how to stop it, Putin said, claiming that "Russia has never refused peace talks."

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He also said that the number of casualties during a war was always "staggering" and drew parallels with the situation in Gaza, which he called "the destruction of the population in Palestine.”

Putin has rarely traveled abroad since sending troops into Ukraine in Feb. 2022 and has attended major international summits either online or not participated at all after the ICC issued a warrant for his arrest on March 17, accusing him of overseeing the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine.

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The Russian dictator did not attend the BRICS summit in South Africa in August and the G20 summit in India in September for fear of arrest. Instead Russia was represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Since being charged by the ICC, Putin has traveled abroad only three times – to China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The Kremlin dictator could be arrested on the territory of 123 countries that have ratified the Rome Statute.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping did not participate in the virtual G20 summit attended by Putin, Bloomberg wrote on Nov. 22. The summit was chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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