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Putin will not attend the G20 leaders’ summit, according to Indonesia

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will not attend the summit of G-20 leaders, which is being held between 15 and 16 on the Indonesian island of Bali, as confirmed by the Indonesian government on Thursday. In his place, Putin will send his Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and plans to participate by videoconference in one of the plenary sessions of the summit.

“Putin will not be present because he has announced that he will send his foreign minister [Serguéi Lavrov]”, said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments, as well as Director of Organized Events under the Presidency of the G-20. Shortly after, the spokesman for this Ministry confirmed that Putin will participate in one of the meetings by videoconference.

Indonesia, this year’s host country of the G-20 (group of the 20 largest industrialized and developing economies), has made efforts to achieve full attendance, for which the president, Joko Widodo, met with Putin last June in Moscow, after visiting kyiv and also meeting with the Ukrainian leader, Volodímir Zelenski, to mediate between the two.

Although countries like the United States have urged Indonesia —which has not supported sanctions against Russia but has condemned the invasion and annexation of territories— not to invite Putin, Jokowi kept it until the end, also extending it to Zelensky, with the hope that the two would meet in Bali.

As revealed by Luhut, the Indonesian president spoke with Putin, on an unspecified date, and told the Russian leader that “good communication can reduce tensions between Ukraine and Russia.”

Moscow had already reported that Putin would not attend the summit of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is being held in Cambodia between 11 and 13.

The decision not to attend the G-20 comes a day after Russia’s announcement of its withdrawal from the Ukrainian city of Kherson, the only regional capital under its control in the entire country, as well as the withdrawal of the northern third of that province. , which constitutes a severe setback for Putin, who annexed that territory a little over a month ago. The absence of the Russian president leaves the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and the president of China, Xi Jinping, as the main participants in a meeting marked by tensions over the war in Ukraine, disputes over Taiwan, and provocations from Korea. from North. (Europa Press)