According to the Russian ambassador, relations between Russia and Australia have reached their lowest point in decades due to state support for Ukraine.
Foreign Secretary will soon come face to face with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine in February.
Senator Wong will attend the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali this week, and negotiations are expected to be overshadowed by the war in Ukraine and the presence of Mr. Lavrov.
The G20 includes Western countries that have accused Moscow of war crimes in Ukraine and imposed sanctions, as well as countries such as China, Indonesia, India and South Africa that have not followed suit.
Russian Ambassador to Australia Alexei Pavlovsky said the Australian government’s decision to impose sanctions on Russia and Russian citizens and provide lethal and non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine was “very sad.”
“I wish I could say something positive about Russian-Australian relations, but they are probably at their lowest point in decades,” he told ABC radio Thursday.
“Whatever cooperation we had, it was destroyed by the Australian side, without much thought for the interests of Australia.
“(It’s) just for the sake of keeping up with your allies, and it’s really sad.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited the Ukrainian capital Kyiv earlier this week to express Australia’s solidarity with the war-torn country.
Australia is the largest non-NATO donor in Ukraine’s fight to oust the invading Russian army and has provided a total of $390 million in military and humanitarian aid. He also imposed sanctions on 843 individuals and 62 Russian legal entities.
Former Russian President Issues Nuclear Warning
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the United States that Western attempts to punish a nuclear power like Russia for the war in Ukraine could endanger humanity.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine provoked the most serious crisis in relations between Russia and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, when many feared that the world would be on the brink of nuclear war.
Mr. Medvedev has called the United States an empire that has shed blood around the world, citing the killing of Native Americans, the US nuclear attacks on Japan, and a host of wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan.
Medvedev said that attempts to use the courts or tribunals to investigate Russia’s actions in Ukraine would be futile and fraught with global devastation.
“The idea of punishing a country with one of the largest nuclear potentials is absurd. And it potentially poses a threat to the existence of mankind, ”Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said in Telegram. .
According to the Federation of American Scientists, Russia and the United States control about 90 percent of the world’s nuclear warheads, with about 4,000 warheads in their military arsenals.
As president from 2008 to 2012, Medvedev presented himself as a reformer who wanted to improve relations with the West. But since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on February 24, he has become a vocal Kremlin hardliner.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (center).
“All of American history, from the conquest of the native Indians, is a bloody war of annihilation,” he said.
US President Joe Biden called Putin a criminal who launched an illegal invasion of Ukraine. The US is supplying weapons to Ukraine, which says it is fighting for its survival.
Russia says what it calls a “special military operation” is aimed at degrading the Ukrainian military and rooting out people it calls dangerous nationalists. Putin says the United States used Ukraine to threaten Russia.
Mr. Medvedev said that the United States had killed millions of people around the world since World War II.