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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told world leaders at the G20 summit in Bali that The war must end now.

He also advocated for the extension of a major grain export agreement that was about to expire.

Mr. Zelensky addressed leaders assembled on the Indonesian island.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a member of the G20, refused to participate and sent Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov instead.

In a speech first reported by AFP, Mr Zelensky said:

He outlined a number of strategies, including ensuring nuclear and food safety, ending hostilities and preventing escalation.

He repeatedly referred to heads of state and government as “G19”, specifically excluding Russia.

Chief among his demands was the expansion of the so-called Black Sea Grains Initiative, signed between the United Nations and Russia in July.

Allowed the export of food blocked in Ukrainian ports by Russian warships.

The United Nations says 10 million tonnes of cereals and other foodstuffs have been successfully exported since the pact’s inception, averting a global food crisis.

However, the contract expires on November 19th. At the G20 meeting on food and energy security on Tuesday, Zelensky said the deal should be extended indefinitely “regardless of when the war ends.”

“The right to food is a basic right for everyone in the world,” he said, proposing to extend the agreement to other ports in the Mykolaiv region.

Russia said on Saturday it had not yet reached an agreement to extend the pact. It advocates free export of fertilizers to the world market.

Mr Zelensky also accused Russia of “turning the cold into a weapon against millions” by bombing Ukraine’s vital energy infrastructure as winter approaches.

He called for additional military aid from Ukrainian allies and price limits on Russian energy exports so that Russia could not benefit.

“If Russia seeks to deprive energy consumers in Ukraine, Europe and the world of predictability and price stability, the response should be a mandatory cap on Russian export prices… It’s fair, if you take something away, the world has the right to take something away from you,” he said.

Russia has closed its largest gas pipeline to Europe, the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, but has delayed the opening of a second pipeline. The West is also moving away from Russian energy by reducing its use of Russian gas and oil.

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