Penny Wong hopes G20 will send ‘clear signal to Russia’

Foreign Minister Penny Wong will visit Singapore ahead of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong hopes the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting to be held this week in Bali will send “a clear message to Russia.”

The minister said that Australia is working with its partners on a successful meeting on Thursday and thanked Indonesia for inviting Ukraine to be a guest.

“As the premier forum for international economic cooperation and governance, the G20 plays a vital role in ensuring food and energy security threatened by Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” Senator Wong said Tuesday night.

“At this critical time for international security, Australia is working with Indonesia and other partners to achieve a successful G20 meeting that also sends a clear message to Russia.”

Ahead of the G20, Senator Wong will visit Singapore, Australia’s largest trade and investment partner in Southeast Asia.

Senator Wong will meet Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan as part of negotiations on the Australia-Singapore Green Economy Agreement.

The agreement is intended to play an important role in facilitating trade and investment, as well as supporting countries in achieving their net zero emission targets.

“Australia’s relationship with Singapore is one of our closest and most inclusive in the region and is based on shared strategic and economic interests,” Ms Wong said in a statement.

The senator will also outline the Albanian government’s vision for engagement with ASEAN and Southeast Asian countries in a lecture hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

She will also attend the 21st Foreign Ministerial Meeting of Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia (MIKTA).

MIKTA aims to play a bridging role between developing and developed countries on global issues including Ukraine, food security and migration management.

Originally published as Foreign Secretary Penny Wong hopes G20 will send ‘clear signal to Russia’