Indonesian President and G20 Chairman Joko Widodo will visit his counterparts in Ukraine and Russia next week and push for a peaceful resolution to their conflict, his foreign minister said, the first such trip. an Asian leader.
The war in Ukraine has overshadowed meetings of the major Group of 20 (G20) economies this year, with Indonesia struggling to unify its members while resisting pressure from Western states threatening to boycott a leaders’ summit in November and pushing for exclusion of Russia.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Wednesday that the visits of Jokowi, as the Indonesian president is known, to Kyiv and Moscow would take place under a “not normal” situation.
“The President is showing compassion to the humanitarian crisis, will try to contribute to the food crisis caused by the war and the impact felt on all countries, especially developing and low-income countries,” he said. she said at a press conference.
“And he will continue to push for the spirit of peace.”
The months-long fighting in the region began in February with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”.
The conflict has caused a major disruption of supply chains, fueling a food and fuel crisis that has led to soaring inflation in many countries, some of which have imposed export restrictions to ensure domestic supplies.
Jokowi will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, after inviting them both to attend the G20 summit on the island of Bali.
Retno did not say what Jokowi would raise in the talks, which would follow the G7 summit in Germany and bilateral meetings with leaders from those countries and others.
Jokowi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for further details.
The president will discuss food security issues at these meetings in Germany, noting the global importance of Russia and Ukraine in terms of natural gas, oil, wheat and barley, Retno said.
“The situation is very complex at the moment. The continuation of the war will have an impact on humanity, including food, energy and financial crises,” she said, adding that G20 President Jokowi, s recently spoke with the leaders of the UN, Germany and Turkey.
“We have decided not to use ‘megaphone diplomacy’ so that great benefits for the world can be realized,” she added.