Putin to attend G20 summit, says Indonesia; Zelensky also invited

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Indonesian President Joko Widodo that he will attend the G20 summit in Bali this year, Indonesia announced on Friday.

“Last night at 7 p.m. I spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Widodo said in a statement. “President Putin expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the G20 summit and he said he would attend.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting of the executive council of the Prosecutor General's Office in Moscow on Monday, April 25.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting of the executive council of the Prosecutor General’s Office in Moscow on Monday, April 25.
(Sputnik/Sergey Guneev/Kremlin via Reuters)

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The Indonesian president said he spoke with Putin about the importance of reaching a peace agreement with Ukrainian leaders and ending the war immediately.

The Southeast Asian nation has said it stands ready to provide humanitarian support and help the peace process in any way possible.

Putin’s invitation to the intergovernmental summit scheduled for Nov. 20 appears to have come a day after that of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, despite Ukraine not being part of the G-20.

Zelenskyy took to Twitter on Wednesday to share that he and Widodo had spoken.

The pair reportedly discussed food security issues – which officials have repeatedly warned will be a global problem made worse by Putin’s war in Ukraine.

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Zelenskyy also thanked Indonesia for supporting “Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially for a clear position at the UN.”

Widodo said his nation is constitutionally prohibited from supplying weapons to any foreign nation, but Indonesia has made its position clear on Russia’s deadly invasion and voted alongside 140 other nations in the General Assembly of United Nations to demand that Putin withdraw his troops.

Although Indonesia, along with 23 other countries, abstained of a second vote earlier this month that suspended Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council.

Zelenskyy thanked Widodo for inviting him to the G20 summit but did not confirm whether he will attend.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 1, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 1, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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The G20 summit of leaders of the world’s largest economies, including the US, EU, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia and China, is expected to discuss issues related to global health, increased digitalization of the global economy, climate change and energy security – an issue that has taken on renewed urgency amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden had welcomed Zelenskyy’s invitation, but said his position on Moscow was clear.

“The president was clear on his point of view: it shouldn’t be business as usual, and Russia shouldn’t be part of it,” she said.



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