Russia issues statement on whether Vladimir Putin will attend G20 Summit

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Joko Widodo, Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. (Source: BPMI Setpres)

Jakarta, IO – The Presidential Executive Office of Russia has issued statement on whether or not President Vladimir Putin will attend the G20 Summit in Bali on October.

“We will be clarifying this. After all, Indonesia is the presiding country and the organizer. Naturally, we will be oriented towards the organizers in the first place. A future decision regarding participation will be made based on how the situation develops,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday (8/4) as reported by Russian news agency TASS.

Read: Urged not to invite Russia to G20 summit, Indonesia reaffirms its neutrality

Western allies have been pressuring Indonesia to expel Russia from the G20 as a consequence of its military offensive against Ukraine. The countries that rejected Vladimir Putin’s presence in G20 Summit are Britain, the United States, Canada, Poland and Australia.

“President Biden’s made it clear, and I certainly agree with him, that it cannot be business as usual for Russia in any of the financial institutions,” said US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. “He’s asked that Russia be removed from the G20, and I’ve made clear to my colleagues in Indonesia that we will not be participating in a number of meetings if the Russians are there.” (rr)