France says G20 communique must condemn Russia

STORY: The leaders' declaration after the last G20 summit in Bali deplored "in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and demands its complete and unconditional withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine."

India, which holds the current G20 presidency, has kept a largely neutral stance on the war, declining to blame Russia for the invasion, seeking a diplomatic solution and sharply boosting its purchases of Russian oil.

New Delhi does not want the G20 to discuss additional sanctions on Russia and is also pressing to avoid using the word "war" to describe the year-old conflict, G20 officials earlier told Reuters.

Russia, which is a member of the G20, refers to its actions in Ukraine as a "special military operation," and avoids calling it an invasion or war.

G20 financial leaders must condemn Russia's aggression, Le Maire told Reuters in an interview.