Putin agrees to participate in the G20
06/27/2022 4:59 PM
The G20 summit will be held in Indonesia in November. The Russian president wants to participate, according to reports from the Kremlin. It remains to be seen if he will come in person or be online. In any case, EU Commission President von der Leyen will be sitting at a table with Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the G20 summit in Indonesia this fall. “Yes, we have confirmed that our participation is planned,” the official TASS news agency quoted Putin’s foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov as saying. It is not yet clear whether the Kremlin chief wants to travel in person or communicate by video. The meeting is scheduled for November 16-17 in Bali.
Chancellor Olaf Schultz had previously said he was open to participating in November despite Russia’s invitation. Schulz said on the ZDF program that it was clear that the group of leading economies would continue to play a “key role” and that close cooperation was important. That is why Germany does not want to “blow up” the work in the G-20. Therefore, the decision on participation in the summit will be made “shortly before departure” and according to the current situation at the time.
Schulz noted that the host of Indonesia had invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as Russian President Putin. The chancellor emphasized that it was still not clear who would actually participate in the meeting in Bali. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, as the organizer of the G20 meeting, will be one of the guests at the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau on Monday.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has not ruled out sitting with Putin at the G20 summit on Sunday night on ZDF. “It’s also important that you tell him in the face what we’re thinking,” she said. And we have to think carefully about whether we are going to cripple the entire G-20.” You are not defending it. The G20 is a “very important body” for this.
In addition to the European Union, the G20 includes 19 industrialized and emerging countries, including China, India, Brazil and Turkey. The G20 countries account for 80% of the world’s economic output, while the G7 countries have 31%. All G7 countries are also members of the G20.
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