Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet decided whether he will attend the G-20 conference this month as the conflict in Ukraine rages, the leader of host nation Indonesia said in an interview Friday.
Jakarta: Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet decided whether he will attend the G-20 conference this month as the conflict in Ukraine rages, the leader of host nation Indonesia said in an interview Friday.
The invasion of Russia’s neighbour has cast a shadow over the summit of the world’s top economies, with the fighting between the two sides on the ground going on without much progress.
Putin reportedly told Indonesian President Joko Widodo in a phone call on Wednesday that his presence at the two-day conference on the tourist island of Bali is still up in the air.
“He (Putin) wanted to attend but cannot decide at the moment,” Widodo told local newspaper Kompas in an interview published on Friday.
In August, he said that despite Western pressure to exclude Moscow from the summit and the Kremlin’s escalating international isolation, Putin had accepted Jakarta’s invitation to the event.
However, the armed conflicts between the warring sides continue, according to Kyiv, leaving 4.5 million Ukrainians without power amid the chilly winter.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, has also been invited to the summit by Indonesia, which has a neutral foreign policy toward the conflict in that country. Zelensky is anticipated to attend virtually. Ukraine does not belong to the G20 club.
If Putin takes part in the summit, then Zelensky has vowed to skip the summit.
November 19 is the deadline for the UN- and Turkey-mediated renewal of the grain agreement, three days after the G20 summit concludes. Moscow has said it has yet to decide if it will agree to extend the deal.
Zelensky and Widodo held a telephonic discussion on Thursday about arrangements for the G20 summit and the grain deal, the Ukrainian leader said in a tweet.