Germany's Scholz: West won't 'torpedo' G20 over Putin attendance

AP , Monday 27 Jun 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says the West has no intention to ``torpedo'' the Group of 20 - the group of major economies that also includes Russia.

Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives for a press conference at the end of an European Union leaders summit in Brussels on June 24, 2022. AFP


The G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, is being held this year in the Bavarian Alps in Germany.

This year's G-20 summit is due to take place in Indonesia in November. There are questions over whether Western leaders will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Scholz, who is hosting this week's summit of the smaller Group of Seven industrial powers, on Monday also is hosting leaders from five major emerging democratic economies - India, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Argentina.

So far, they don't all see eye-to-eye with the G-7 nations on the war in Ukraine or sanctions. Scholz told Germany's ZDF television that ``it's all the more important that we discuss (the matter) with each other.''

Scholz told Germany's ZDF television: ``We must not walk into the trap Putin sets of asserting that the world is divided into the global West - the G-7 and its friends in the north - and all the rest. That's not true. There are democracies all over the world and they have very similar perspectives.''

Scholz didn't give an explicit commitment to turn up to the G-20 summit regardless of whether Putin attends, but stressed the group's importance.

He said: ``There is a common conviction . that we don't want to torpedo the G-20.''

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