Tensions will rise during the summit, to be held in Indonesia, as Ukraine’s allies meet with the Russian president at the event that aims to unite and strengthen ties. To increase pressure from the upcoming summit, Indonesia has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, despite Ukraine not being a G20 member.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo invited President Putin to the event, despite his recent actions in Ukraine, and his invitation to Ukraine is believed to have been some kind of compromise.
The Kremlin confirmed Putin’s presence on Monday with his adviser Yuri Asharov who told the press his presence at the summit is “in the planning stages”, but it is not yet known whether it will be in person or via video.
He added: “They are still personally inviting. There is still a lot of time. I hope the pandemic makes it possible to keep this event personal.”
Western leaders have long decided whether to boycott the summit because of Putin’s presence, while Ursula von der Leyen told ZDF: “We need to consider very carefully whether to paralyze the entire G20; I’m not advocating that.
“In my opinion, the G20 is too important, also for the developing countries, the emerging countries, that we have to let this body break through Putin.”
The German chancellor said on Monday that he was undecided about attending the G20, saying: “Ultimately, we will have to make the decision shortly before departure, because the course of the world could change very much until then.”
On Tuesday, however, he added that there was “great unity here in all discussions” and “we don’t want to tear the G20 apart.”\
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He said: “War must be stopped and global food supply chains must be reactivated.”
The director of the Asia-Pacific program at Chatham House, Ben Bland, said that despite Indonesia’s efforts to reconnect the two nations, the chances were “very minimal”.
He added: “But as one of the world’s largest developing countries and a friendly partner of both Russia and Ukraine, Indonesia is an important voice on the world stage.”