Will Putin go to the G20? We’ll see, says the Kremlin

MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Wednesday it remained to be seen whether President Vladimir Putin would attend the G20 summit in November on the resort island of Bali.

“A lot of international forums are planned for November,” Putin’s foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters.

“If you’re asking about the G20, then there’s still plenty of time before the G20, and other forums – we’ll wait and see,” Ushakov said.

US President Joe Biden, asked if he would meet Putin at the G20, said he saw no good reason to sit down with the Kremlin leader.

“It would depend specifically on what he wanted to talk about,” Biden told CNN, adding that if Putin wanted to discuss imprisoned American basketball star Brittney Griner, he would be open to discussion.

“I see no reason to meet him now,” Biden said.

Asked about Biden’s remarks, Ushakov said, “I can say that Russia, we, never give up on negotiations and any useful international contact.”

“You never push away an outstretched hand. But if you feel, you understand that a partner doesn’t want to meet for one reason or another, then you don’t impose yourself.” (Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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