Putin intends to participate in G20 Summit: Russian ambassador

AFP , Wednesday 23 Mar 2022

President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the G20 Summit later this year in Indonesia, Moscow's envoy said on Wednesday, dismissing suggestions Russia could be excluded from the group over the war in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. AP

A day earlier, the United States indicated it would consult allies over Russia's membership in international forums to increase pressure over the invasion of Ukraine, which has prompted a refugee crisis in Europe and roiled global markets.

Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobieva said that G20 host Jakarta had invited Putin to the November heads of state summit in Bali.

"It will depend on many things, including the Covid situation that is getting better. But, so far yes, the intention is [for Putin] to come," she told reporters on Wednesday.

Vorobieva said there have been attempts by western countries to expel Russia from many world organisations, including the Group of 20 major economies, calling it a "disproportionate" reaction.

Russia, she added, appreciates Indonesia's "firm position", after Jakarta repeatedly said the forum was for resolving economic situations.

Indonesia, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the G20, has said it will keep the forum focused on the initial objectives, implying it was planning to keep Russia's invasion of Ukraine largely off the agenda.

"Of course, the expulsion of Russia from this kind of forum will not help these economic problems to be resolved. On the contrary, without Russia, it will be difficult," said Vorobieva.

"We really hope that the Indonesian government will not give in to the horrible pressure that is being applied to not only Indonesia, but so many countries in the world by the West".

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had said Washington would consult with allies about Russia's G20 membership.

"We believe that it cannot be business as usual for Russia in international institutions and in the international community," he told a press briefing Tuesday.

Russia was previously indefinitely suspended from the smaller Group of Eight major economies in 2014 over the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The grouping was renamed the G7.

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