Mélanie Joly will not meet Lavrov, but says she is ready to work with China

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Mélanie Joly will not meet Lavrov, but says she is ready to work with China

Mélanie Joly and Justin Trudeau attend the ASEAN summit, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly says she will not meet her Russian counterpart when the two cross paths at upcoming international summits.

Ms Joly says she is ready to collaborate with China on certain subjects, but adds that Russia must be treated as an outcast.

The Canadian minister will participate in a series of international summits, as will Russian minister Sergei Lavrov.

She would refuse to do so, even if invited to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) or G20 summit. According to Ms. Joly, meeting with Mr. Lavrov would legitimize Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The minister had recently stated that Canada would try to limit its relations with China, expressing concerns on a host of issues ranging from human rights to the issue of intellectual property.

However, Ms. Joly says she would agree to meet with Chinese leaders because Canada wants to work together on issues like climate change.

In fact, she is ;waits to be seated next to the Chinese representative at the G20 on November 15-16 in Bali, Indonesia. The seats are arranged in alphabetical order by country during these major international meetings.

“There is a struggle of; ongoing influence, underlines the minister. Our goal is to isolate Russia economically, politically and diplomatically.

— Mélanie Joly, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Joly mentioned that Mr. Lavrov had left a meeting of the foreign ministers of the G20 members, the ;last summer, after pressure escalated against Russia.

There is a growing consensus that what is happening in Ukraine is completely unacceptable.

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