Indonesian governmentThe head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, is not traveling to the G20 summit
The Russian president will be represented at the G20 meeting in Bali by his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Bali, according to the Indonesian government. Instead, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is traveling to a meeting of 20 major industrialized nations on an Indonesian island. This was announced on Thursday by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Investment, responsible for the coordination of the summit, Jodi Mahardi. The head of the Kremlin left his participation in the meeting on November 15 and 16 open for a long time.
The central topic of the summit will be Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. For many, Putin’s decision came as no surprise. The head of the Kremlin ordered an invasion of the neighboring country on February 24. Despite international protests, he annexed four regions of Ukraine in violation of international law. No country recognizes this move.
Zelenskyy called for the exclusion of Russia from the G20
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, as the host of the summit, explicitly invited the Russian head of state and said he was expecting him in Bali. Widodo also announced a peace initiative for Ukraine. At the summit, Indonesia will invite everyone to “sit down and engage in constructive dialogue,” he said in late October.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi was also invited to the summit, although his country is not a member of the G20. Zelenskyy said that if Putin attends, he will not go to the meeting. This is his “personal position and the position of the country,” Zelenskyy said earlier this month. He repeatedly condemned Russia as a “state of terror” and called for the expulsion of the “aggressor” from the G20.
Russia is not completely isolated in the group of states, which has influential supporters such as China, India and Turkey. At the summit, the Russian delegation will meet for the first time on the international stage with the heads of state and government of the G7 countries, which have imposed far-reaching sanctions on Russia due to the war against Ukraine.