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Diplomats from the G20 countries have reached a compromise agreement on a joint communiqué to be signed by their leaders, the EU delegation said on Tuesday, after days of negotiations on a statement agreed to by both Western powers and Russia and China.

The leaders of most of the world’s most powerful nations, plagued by differences over Russia’s war in Ukraine, gathered in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday. Officials feared the summit would be the first G20 to end without a joint communiqué.

But European Council President Charles Michel said Tuesday morning that delegates had signed the deal late Monday, which will now be put to leaders for their final approval.

Another Western delegation confirmed that agreement, but other officials warned that the agreement could be reached before it is signed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin skipped the summit and sent his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in his place.

Their battle will dominate the Bali summit as the countries grapple with the effects of runaway global inflation, instability and food and energy shortages, but will also wrangle over whether to blame Putin and how the conflict should end.

China, which has not condemned Putin and his takeover of eastern Ukraine, last week blocked Western efforts to use tougher language in a G20 communique condemning Moscow.

“We should try to use the G20 meeting to convince all partners to put more pressure on Russia,” Michel said on Tuesday before the formal start of the summit.

He added that Michel had no plans to meet Lavrov in Bali.

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