‘Strong impression’ Putin will skip G20, Indonesia’s Widodo says | Business and Economy News

The Indonesian leader told the newspaper he was concerned international tensions could overshadow the economic summit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not expected to attend the upcoming summit of G20 leaders in Bali, his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo told the media.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr. Widodo, who hosted the conference, said he had a “strong impression” that the Russian leader would skip the event.

In the interview published Monday, Mr Widodo said Russia was welcome at the summit and expressed concern that the meeting could be overshadowed by a “very worrying” rise in tensions. international.

“The G20 is not a political forum. It means about economics and development,” he told the newspaper.

Mr Widodo’s comments came after Mr Putin said last month he would “think about” attending the summit, but that Russia “definitely” would be represented at a high level.

The G20 summit will be the first meeting of the leaders of the world’s largest economies since Russia Invades Ukraine and expected to be dominated by the aftermath of war.

Indonesia rejected calls by Western countries and Ukraine to exclude Russia from the summit, pledging to remain neutral and highlighting the potential for cooperation on food and energy security.

At the United Nations General Assembly last month, 16 members of the G20 voted in favor of a resolution condemning Moscow’s attempt to annex four regions of eastern Ukraine. Other G20 members China, India and South Africa abstained, while the European Union was not represented at the UN body.

Mr. Widodo also invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who said he would not attend if Putin were there.

US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are among the world leaders expected to attend the summit.

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