The text of the joint declaration adopted by G20 Summit underway in New Delhi has been released. The paragraph on the war in Ukraine has clues on how the consensus was reached.
"We note with deep concern the immense human suffering and the adverse impact of wars and conflicts around the world," reads the first line.
It doesn't blame Russia for the war. Instead, it notes the human suffering caused by the war, according to BBC news report. Now that's the language that both Moscow and the West can not only agree on but also interpret in a way that suits their respective stands.
Almost every journalist at the G20 media center were not expecting a joint declaration, at least until tomorrow.
Former diplomats and experts said that India's hand was forced after many Western news agencies started reporting that a consensus had been reached.
A former Indian diplomat said the "leaks" most likely came from Western nations.