President Vladimir Putin on Friday slammed G20 member countries for imposing sanctions on Russia, saying this violated the group’s principles, but said he did not plan to raise the issue at the summit in Australia.
Putin told the TASS state news agency in an interview published Friday, ahead of this weekend’s G20 summit in Brisbane, that sanctions against Russia violated the G20’s principles and were “harmful”.
“The fact that certain countries of the G20 are imposing sanctions on Russia through the G20, of course, this contradicts the very principle of the G20’s activity. This also contradicts international law because sanctions can only be imposed through the United Nations and its Security Council,” Putin said. Read more here.