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The Latest: EU leader blasts Putin comments on liberalism

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the start of their talks at a hotel in Osaka, western Japan...
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, and European Council President Donald Tusk, left, prepare for a photo with Japanese Prime Mi...
The flags to be used at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019, for the various meetings are prepared. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the start of their talks at a hotel in Osaka, western Japan...

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, and European Council President Donald Tusk, left, prepare for a photo with Japanese Prime Mi...

The flags to be used at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019, for the various meetings are prepared. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — The Latest on the Group of 20 summit meetings in Osaka, Japan (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

European Union President Donald Tusk has blasted a reported comment by Russian President Vladimir Putin suggesting that liberalism is obsolete.

Tusk said Friday that such comments suggest a belief that "freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete."

Putin said in an interview published by the newspaper Financial Times that the "The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population."

Both leaders are in Osaka for a G-20 summit.

Tusk's statement to reporters said, "We are here as Europeans also to firmly and univocally defend and promote liberal democracy."

He said, "What I find really obsolete are: authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs. Even if sometimes they may seem effective."

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8 a.m.

The U.N. chief is urging G-20 leaders to take action on equitable and stable reforms to strengthen the global financial safety net and increase the global economy's resilience.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a letter to leaders gathered in Osaka, Japan, for the two-day summit beginning Friday that while the world has made progress fixing some big problems it's not happening fast enough or shared by all countries.

Guterres said that while there are good plans and vision, what's needed are "accelerated actions, not more deliberations."

He says that fast and equal economic growth should be constructed so that people who live in "the 'rust belts' of the world are not left behind."


Updated : 2021-01-18 16:52 GMT+08:00