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Foreign Minister Penny Wong has singled out Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a key agenda item for her discussions with other national leaders at the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, as well as food and energy security.

“Today, Indonesia is particularly focused on food and energy security, as well as the importance of multilateralism,” Wong told reporters in Bali.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong makes a statement to the media upon her arrival in Indonesia for the G20 meeting.Credit:Johannes P.Christo

“We all know that these issues, these key principles are threatened by Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

“This is a flagrant violation of international law, it undermines the principles and values ​​to which the community of nations has come together to subscribe.

“I hope today’s meeting will be an opportunity for many nations to come together to continue putting pressure on Russia.”

The new foreign minister will also use the visit to re-establish the country’s ties with its biggest trading partner, China. She is due to meet her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, later today in the first meeting of its kind since 2019, when relations between the countries turned icy under the leadership of Scott Morrison.

“We believe it is in the interests of both countries for the relationship to stabilize. I look forward to an open discussion with my counterpart.

“We all know that we have our differences, challenges in our relationship. We believe that commitment is necessary to stabilize the relationship. The Australian Government’s approach will always be centered on Australia’s national interests.

“That’s how we approach all of our international engagement, and we’ll do it calmly and consistently, we’ll do it diplomatically and directly.”

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