President Putin accepts invitation to attend G20 summit

Putin accepts invitation to attend G20 summit, arranges showdown with Biden

President Vladimir Putin will attend a G20 conference in Indonesia later this year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Friday.

Widodo said his Russian colleague had assured him that he would attend the G20 conference in Bali this fall.

The revelation comes weeks after Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Russia should be kicked out of the G20 following Putin’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine. If Putin attends, Biden and Putin could meet for the first time since the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the 2020 G20 meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia via video conference in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow. Putin has accepted an invitation to a G20 meeting later this year, the Indonesian president said on Friday. Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Sputnik

Widodo said Putin informed him about the situation in Ukraine and the continuation of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations.

Widodo said Putin thanked him for the invitation to the G20 and said he would go.

Triansyah Djani, an Indonesian foreign ministry official, said last month that Indonesia would “remain neutral” and invite all G20 members to the conference.

Djani’s position is obvious. “We have always practiced principled diplomacy.”

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Lyudmila Vorobieva, Russia’s ambassador to Indonesia, said Putin will go despite Western objections.
Vorobieva said Moscow respected Widodo’s reluctance to exclude Putin.

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