Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says he will attend the upcoming G20 summit in Bali, depending on who else attends.
Indonesia has come under pressure to exclude Russia’s Vladimir Putin from the gathering after announcing in April he had been invited.
The G20 countries account for approximately 80% of total global economic output, while the G7 account for 31%.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky told Indonesia’s visiting President Joko Widodo on Wednesday that he will attend the upcoming G20 summit in Bali depending on who else attends.
“Certainly I accept the invitation. Ukraine’s participation will depend on the security situation in the country and on the composition of the summit’s participants,” Zelensky said following their talks in Kyiv, in an apparent reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attendance.
Widodo was in Kyiv on Wednesday before heading to Moscow to meet Putin, who sent troops into pro-Western Ukraine on February 24.
Indonesia, like most major emerging economies, has tried to maintain a neutral position and has called for a peaceful resolution to Russia’s months-long offensive in Ukraine.
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Indonesia holds the rotating presidency of the G20 this year and Jakarta has come under Western pressure to exclude Russia’s president from the gathering after announcing in April he had been invited.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Tuesday that Widodo had ruled out Putin’s attendance at the body’s November summit, a statement the Kremlin quickly rejected.
The G20 countries account for approximately 80% of total global economic output, while the G7 countries account for approximately 31%.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, Putin attended last year’s G20 summit in Rome via videoconference.
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