Putin accepts Widodo’s Invitation to G20 Conference

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted the invitation to attend the Group of 20 (G20) leaders’ summit in November.

Widodo has invited Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, despite the appeal of other members of the group to exclude Russia.

Widodo and Putin had a phone conversation about G20’s activities in line with Indonesia’s leadership in the group. Putin also told Widodo about Russia’s assessment of the situation in Ukraine, including the ongoing negotiation process between the two countries.

Kremlin said that the two presidents agreed on further contacts, but it did not mention Putin’s confirmation on his attendance to the summit.

Widodo also spoke to Zelenskyy about the current situation in Ukraine and its request for arms assistance. The Indonesian president said he declined the request, emphasizing that Indonesia’s constitution and foreign policy prohibit such kind of assistance.

G20 is comprised of 19 countries and the European Union. Ukraine is not part of G20, but the group had invited guest countries to its summits.

Senior Ukrainian government official Vysotskyi Taras said Zelenskyy’s attendance will depend on the situation in Ukraine.

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