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U.S. Leaves World Bank-IMF Meeting in Protest as Russia Speaks

  • Walk-out follows similar move at G-20 meeting earlier in week
  • France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, U.K. officials also leave
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank spring meetings signage outside the IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank spring meetings signage outside the IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Officials representing the U.S., Germany, Japan, and other nations walked out of a joint World Bank-International Monetary Fund gathering on Friday when Russia’s envoy started speaking, the second such action at high-profile gatherings in Washington this week, people familiar with the situation said. 

The representatives were attending a meeting of the institution’s development committee, according to the people, who declined to be identified because the gathering is private. The committee is a ministerial-level forum of the World Bank and the IMF for intergovernmental consensus-building on development issues and has 25 members, usually ministers of finance or development, according to its website.