Ukraine will not attend the G20 summit if Putin attends

Ukraine will not attend the G20 summit if Putin attends

The summit is due to take place in Indonesia this month, but the presence of the Russian president is causing diplomatic tensions.

Ukraine will not attend the G20 summit in Indonesia scheduled for mid-November if the Russian president attends, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Thursday at a joint news conference in Kyiv with his Greek counterpart Katerina Sakellaropoulou. “My personal position and that of Ukraine is that if the leader of the Russian Federation participates, Ukraine will not participate,” said the President of Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin, who was invited by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, has not yet announced whether or not he has decided to go physically to the summit planned for Bali. “Let’s see, there are still a few days left,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy continued to the press, while the summit, which will bring together the leaders of the 20 countries with the most developed economies, is due to take place in mid-November.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy was invited to the summit by Indonesia, even though Ukraine is not a member of the G20, and previously indicated that he would attend at least virtually. For its part, Jakarta has come under Western pressure to ban Vladimir Putin from the event after announcing in April that he had been invited, but has maintained a neutral stance on the conflict in Ukraine at the time.

Last week, US President Joe Biden said he had “no intention” of holding a bilateral meeting at the summit with Vladimir Putin, whose Russia has become an international pariah since invading Ukraine in late February.

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