UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak landed in Delhi on Friday for the G20 Leaders’ Summit, making his first visit to India since he took office last year. Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty were received by Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey.
Ahead of his arrival in Delhi today, the UK Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) released a G20 poster showing Rishi Sunak with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The poster had “Global Food Security” written on it, showcasing London’s focus at the Delhi summit.
Re-sharing the poster on X (formerly Twitter), Rishi Sunak wrote, “I’m heading to the G20 Summit with a clear focus. Stabilising the global economy. Building international relationships. Supporting the most vulnerable. This action is part of that — Putin has again failed to show up for the G20, but we will show up with support for Ukraine.”
The Russia-Ukraine conflict has been flagged as a key topic on the agenda for the UK during the summit discussions, with Downing Street saying India’s role and influence is “vital”.
“Global leaders must make it clear Putin’s withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative has increased Russia’s global isolation and protected those whose lives have been devastated by Putin’s illegal war, the Prime Minister will say,” Downing Street said.
“Once again, Vladimir Putin is failing to show his face at the G20. He is the architect of his own diplomatic exile, isolating himself in his presidential palace and blocking out criticism and reality. The rest of the G20, meanwhile, are demonstrating that we will turn up and work together to pick up the pieces of Putin’s destruction,” Rishi Sunak told reporters.
His Downing Street spokesperson said the UK will use “every opportunity” to show its support for Ukraine and further foster global support as well.
“India has a vital role to play as the world’s largest democracy in calling out Russia’s assault on human rights and indeed democracy itself. We will utilise the meetings with PM Modi or elsewhere to encourage them to use that influence to bring an end to Putin’s brutal invasion,” Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson said.