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Putin and Xi Jinping well present at the G20, says the Indonesian president

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will attend a G20 summit in November, said the leader of Indonesia – who currently chairs this forum of major world economies – in an interview published on Friday.

The presence of the two heads of state at the summit would coincide with that of US President Joe Biden, while Washington’s relations with Moscow and Beijing are at their lowest, due to the war in Ukraine and tensions around Taiwan.

Uncertain presence

It was uncertain whether Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping would travel to the Indonesian island of Bali to take part in the talks. Moscow has found itself isolated since its invasion of Ukraine, while the Chinese leader restricts his travels abroad due to Covid-19.

But Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in an interview with Bloomberg that the two leaders would attend the summit in person. “Xi Jinping will come. President Putin also told me he would come,” said Joko Widodo, according to the article. Kremlin officials explained in June that Vladimir Putin had accepted Joko Widodo’s invitation, provided that the health situation linked to the pandemic allowed him to attend in person.

Zelensky also invited

Jakarta has come under Western pressure to exclude Vladimir Putin from the summit after announcing in April that he was invited. Jakarta has maintained an attitude of neutrality regarding Ukraine. Joko Widodo traveled to both Kyiv and Moscow earlier this year.

Indonesian officials said Joko Widodo’s statements seemed to confirm the presence of the two heads of state. Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said Russia and China “received the invitation and said they would attend” the summit. This is “something we very much hope for,” he added. Indonesia has also invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the summit. The Ukrainian leader, whose country is not a G20 member, said he would attend, at least virtually.

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