In what format Putin will take part in the G20 summit will depend on the development of the situation in the world and the sanitary and epidemiological situation in Southeast Asia,
Russia preliminary informed Indonesia about the intention of President Vladimir Putin to take part in the G20 summit, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The format of participation is subject to clarification depending on the development of the situation in the world and taking into account the sanitary and epidemiological situation in Southeast Asia”, — said in the message of the department.
G20 Summit (uniting countries with the most developed and developing economies, including the European Union, the USA, Russia, China, the UK, France, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and others) will be held on November 15–16 in Bali.
Indonesia sent invitation to G20 leaders in April. President Volodymyr Zelensky was also invited to the event, although Ukraine is not a member of the association.
The Kremlin, according to Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, “answered positively” to the invitation. However, a number of Western politicians have expressed doubts that Putin will come to the summit. According to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo ruled out the possibility of the arrival of the Russian leader. He himself suggested that Putin could take part in the event remotely. And British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the Russian leader a “rogue figure” and stated that he would be “amazed” if Putin attended the summit.
Ushakov, commenting on Draghi's words, repeated: “The invitation has arrived, and we have responded to it.” As for Johnson's statement, the prime minister allows “a lot of different statements and statements that are not entirely successful and monstrous,” however, the statements of the British authorities cannot influence Putin's decision on the summit, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the president.
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He added that there is still time before the summit and the Kremlin will make a decision that will “best fit” Russian interests. According to Peskov, the participation of the president is possible “in any format.” “The President can go himself, he can delegate someone”, — said the Kremlin spokesman.
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