Indonesia confirms invitation to Ukraine for G-20 summit, says Putin will attend


Indonesia has requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to be a visitor on the G-20 summit, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stated Friday, belatedly confirming an invite to the war-torn European nation’s chief that america had urged him to increase.

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The Indonesian president additionally stated that Vladimir Putin, the chief of G-20 member Russia whose navy invaded Ukraine in February, had agreed to attend the identical summit in Bali in mid-November, though the Kremlin had not confirmed his participation. Indonesia maintain this yr’s presidency of the grouping of the world’s high 20 economies.

“We all know that the G-20 performs the position of catalyst within the international financial restoration and the 2 issues are affecting the worldwide financial restoration in a significant approach: COVID-19 and the struggle in Ukraine,” Jokowi stated in a speech broadcast on YouTube. 

“It’s on this context that I invited President Zelenskyy to attend the G-20 summit,” he stated of his name Wednesday with the Ukrainian president.

In the meantime in Washington on Friday, the Pentagon’s press secretary stated that Putin “completely shouldn’t be” welcomed on the G-20 summit.

“He remoted Russia by his personal actions and will proceed to be remoted by the worldwide neighborhood … [as one of the] penalties of his actions in Ukraine,” John Kirby instructed CNN.

A day earlier, when requested whether or not President Joe Biden would attend the G-20 summit have been Putin to attend as nicely, a White Home spokeswoman indicated {that a} determination had but to be made.

“[T]he President has been clear about his view: This shouldn’t be enterprise as typical, and that Russia shouldn’t be part of this,” White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki instructed reporters.

“However, once more, [the G-20 summit] six months away; we don’t even have affirmation of those experiences [about Putin’s attendance].  So I’m definitely not going to get right into a hypothetical on this case.”

Southeast Asia analyst Derek J. Grossman stated Indonesia’s invitation to Ukraine mirrored its said international coverage.

“The nonaligned path in motion,” the senior protection analyst on the Rand Corp., a U.S. think-tank, stated on Twitter.

Ukraine will not be a G-20 member, however Indonesia, because the holder of the group’s presidency, can invite leaders of non-member international locations as company. Zelenskyy on Wednesday pre-empted Indonesia by asserting through Twitter that Jokowi had invited him to the summit.

His attendance on the G-20 summit would “rely primarily on the state of affairs within the battlefield,” Vysotskyi Taras, a senior Ukrainian authorities official, was quoted by Reuters as saying on Thursday.

‘Struggle should be stopped instantly’

Jokowi, nonetheless, stated he had turned down a request by Zelenskyy that Indonesia ship weapons to Ukraine. 

“I reaffirmed [to Zelenskyy] that consistent with our structure and our unbiased and energetic international coverage, we can not ship arms help to different international locations, however we’re ready to ship humanitarian assist,” Jokowi stated. 

The Indonesian chief additionally stated he had known as for an finish to the struggle, in his phone dialog with Putin on Thursday.   

“It must be underlined that the struggle should be stopped instantly and peace negotiations be given an opportunity. Indonesia is able to contribute to attaining that objective,” Jokowi stated.

“President Putin expressed gratitude for the invitation to the G-20 summit and stated that he would attend,” he added.

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Russia would put together for the summit however didn’t say whether or not Putin would go to Bali.

“Putin wished success for the Indonesian G-20 presidency and warranted that Russia will do the whole lot vital and the whole lot attainable to contribute to it,” Peskov was quoted as saying by the Russian information company TASS.

However, Peskov stated, “it’s untimely to speak about another modalities of our participation.”

Final month, President Biden stated Ukraine ought to have the ability to take part within the G-20 summit, if the grouping didn’t expel Russia, the nation that invaded its smaller neighbor and former Soviet socialist republic next-door on Feb. 24.

Washington went a step farther on April 6, saying that it could boycott a number of the group’s conferences if Russian officers attended, which it then did later within the month. 

On April 20, a number of nations, together with Ukraine and america, walked out when Russian officers addressed a G-20 assembly convened by Indonesia in Washington. Indonesia had invited all members, together with Russia, to attend the group’s assembly of finance ministers and central financial institution chiefs that day.

Shailaja Neelakantan in Washington contributed to this report for BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated on-line information service.


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