Flags of participating countries outside the G20 summit in New Delhi.Credit…Rajat Gupta/EPA, via Shutterstock
Watching the G20 summit
The Group of 20 summit kicks off tomorrow in New Delhi, bringing together world leaders to coordinate policy for the global economy. President Biden is expected to attend, but China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and President Vladimir Putin of Russia will skip the event. Read more about the event.
Katie Rogers, a White House correspondent who is in New Delhi covering the summit, explained the context.
What are the biggest issues on the agenda?
Katie: The G20 is an economic-focused summit, and the host country’s efforts to showcase the promise and potential of a juggernaut Indian economy can’t be overlooked.
What does the absence of Xi and Putin mean for the gathering?
There will be little on the agenda that focuses, at least directly, on the war in Ukraine or providing economic aid. There are no hopes for any sort of binding joint statement, called a communiqué, among the leaders. Putin and Xi would need to sign on to such a document, and they did not do so last year. Xi attended last year, of course, but analysts say domestic economic pressure and tensions with India have contributed to his absence this time around.
What will come out of the summit?
One thing I will be looking at is President Biden’s efforts to strengthen his relationship with Modi, a leader he sees as politically stable and one he believes is interested in deepening strategic and economic ties. With Modi straddling the line between East and West, it remains to be seen how much of a partner he could be in forcefully countering China’s rise.
Drone strikes on Russian city
Explosions rocked the area around one of Russia’s largest military hubs before dawn yesterday, and local officials later said that air defenses had shot down two drones. At least one blast was heard in the city of Rostov-on-Don, which is home to Russia’s southern military headquarters and is a command center for its forces in Ukraine.
Vasily Golubev, the regional governor of Rostov, said that after air defenses downed the drones, falling debris damaged cars and buildings, injuring one person. One drone fell in the city center, he said on social media, and another was shot down outside the city in the western part of the region.
Response: As a matter of official policy, the Ukrainian government does not comment on whether it has had a hand in strikes in Russia. But officials in Kyiv have become increasingly vocal in defending such strikes as warranted. In recent days, the airports around Moscow suspended flights nearly every morning because of drone activity.
Russian strikes: For the fourth time in five days, Russia attacked Izmail, a port city on the Danube River, yesterday, according to Oleg Kiper, the head of the region’s military administration. Two people were injured, the local prosecutor’s office said.
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Fire service vehicles were unable to reach many of the worst-hit spots because the water was so deep, reaching six feet in some parts, a government spokesman said, and the coast guard was sending divers to help in the rescue efforts.
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