Putin wants to attend the G20 summit in Indonesia

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend November’s G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, after receiving an official invitation, Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov announced Monday.

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“We have received the official invitation (…). And we’ve responded positively by saying we’re interested in participating,” Mr Ushakov told reporters.

However, he said there was “a lot of time” before the summit scheduled for November 15-16, suggesting the format of Russia’s participation could be changed. “But for the time being, personal participation is invited,” emphasized Mr. Ushakov.

Last October, due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, Vladimir Putin attended the G20 summit in Rome via video conference.

Jakarta sparked controversy by inviting Russia to the summit of the 20 most developed economies after the start of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine on February 24, despite war crimes allegations weighing on it.

Western countries, led by the United States, are pressuring Indonesia, which holds the rotating presidency of the G20 this year, to exclude Russia from the meeting.

For her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Sunday that she was in favor of Western participation in the next G20 summit, despite the likely presence of the Russian President.




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“I think it’s best to tell him to his face when he comes what we think,” she said.

Indonesian leader and G20 President Joko Widodo will travel to Russia on Thursday after also traveling to Ukraine this week.

He will meet Mr Putin in Moscow after representing Indonesia as a guest country at the G7 summit in Germany on June 26-27.

He will be the first Asian leader to visit both countries since the conflict began.

According to Mr Ouchakov, the Kremlin expects “substantive” talks between Vladimir Putin and Joko Widodo, in particular on “various aspects of the international situation, taking into account the Ukrainian factor”.

Jakarta has also invited Ukraine as a guest country to the G20 summit. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy replied that he would at least take part via video conference.

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