Italian PM: Jokowi Says Putin Will Not Attend G20 Summit in Bali

BERLIN, – Italian Prime Minister (PM) Mario Draghi said on Tuesday (28/6/2022), that the chairman of the G20 2022, Joko Widodo, had ruled out the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia in November, a statement the Kremlin quickly dismissed.

Indonesia holds a rotating G20 presidency this year and Western countries have pressured Jokowi to exclude the Russian president from the summit, after announcing in April that Putin had been invited.

“President Widodo ruled it out. He (Putin) will not come,” Draghi told reporters at the end of the two-day G7 summit in Germany, where Jokowi was invited as a guest.

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“What might happen is remote participation (by Putin), we’ll see,” he added PM Italyquoted from AFP.

Pushed by the Kremlin

The Kremlin reacted quickly to Draghi’s remarks about the possibility of Putin not attending G20 Summit in Bali.

Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov responded that Draghi had not decided on the matter.

“We have received the invitation and we have responded positively to it,” Ushakov said, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

“He (Draghi) must have forgotten that he is no longer the host of the G20, like last year,” added Ushakov.

Also read: G20 Summit, Kremlin Confirms Putin to Indonesia

On Monday, Ushakov said that Russia was interested in participating in the November 15-16 summit at which Putin had been invited to attend in person.

Indonesia, like most major developing countries, has tried to maintain a neutral position and has called for a peaceful resolution to Russia’s months-long offensive in Ukraine.

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Jokowi himself is scheduled to visit Kyiv this week to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – whom he also invited to the G20 summit – before heading to Moscow to meet Putin.

Jokowi has said he will press for peace talks during his meeting with the country’s two leaders.

G7 leaders attend summit

Dock. Presidential Secretariat President Joko Widodo during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Elmau, Monday (27/6/2022).

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the G7 leaders showed strong unity that they did not want to separate the G20.

He said, for now, G7 leaders were still planning to go to Bali rather than boycott the event.

The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, previously said she had not ruled out sitting down with Putin.

“It’s important to tell him directly what we think of him,” he said.

Also read: German Chancellor gives a signal to continue attending the G20 Summit in Bali even though Putin is present

The G20 countries account for about 80 percent of the world’s total economic output, while the G7 account for about 31 percent.

Putin joined last year’s G20 summit in Rome last October via videoconference, due to the coronavirus crisis.

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