Vladimir Putin will represent Russia in G20 Summit



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Vladimir Putin will represent Russia in G20 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Indonesia's invitation to participate in the Group of 20 summit, but the details are still being specified, Assistant to the President Yuri Ushakov told the media today. "Yes, we have confirmed.

Our participation is due," he said. At the same time, he was not sure whether Putin would attend the meeting in person or participate via video link. "I do not know. For now, they have invited to participate personally, but there is much time left.

I hope that the pandemic situation will permit to hold this important forum face to face. I’d like to avoid guessing," he said. He said the issue would be on the agenda of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's visit to Moscow on June 30th.

Ushakov said that Russia thanked for the invitation and that it was interested in participating. "We have received an official invitation, which is very important in the light of the pressure the Indonesians have been and still are exposed to," he added.

Ushakov stressed that this issue would be on the agenda of the Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s visit to Moscow on June 30. He reminded that Widodo had invited Putin to participate in the G20 summit in Bali from November 15 to 16, according to TASS.

"We thanked him for the invitation and said that we would be interested to participate. There is much time left. We’ll see," Ushakov concluded.

Widodo spoke with Putin

Widodo said he had talked by phone with Putin, who had "provided an update on the situation in Ukraine including the ongoing negotiation process between Russia and Ukraine."

"Putin expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the G20 summit and he said he would attend," Widodo said. Indonesia's Foreign Ministry, Triansyah Djani said that Indonesia would "remain impartial" and invite all G20 members to the summit.

"Our position is quite clear," Djani said. "We have always based our diplomacy on principles." He said Russia and Indonesia were closed during the pandemic. "We received an official invitation, which is very important in light of the pressure to which the Indonesians were and are still exposed," Ushakov added.