Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G-20 leaders’ summit to be held in Bali, Indonesia on November 15-16. The news agency AFP confirmed the information with reference to the embassy of Moscow in Indonesia on Thursday.
“I can confirm that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation at the G-20 summit,” Yulia Tomskaya, head of protocol at the embassy, said. President Putin’s participation is still being worked out, he may actually attend.’
Russian state news agency RIA reported, citing the Russian Embassy in Indonesia, that Putin may participate in the conference via video conference.
According to the Reuters report, Indonesia is the host of this year’s G-20 conference. Western alliances and Ukraine have put pressure on the country to expel Russia from the conference and withdraw Putin’s invitation due to the conflict in Ukraine. However, Indonesia resisted all kinds of pressure. They said, the members have no power to hold a conference without consensus.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden, who called Putin a ‘war criminal’, will attend the summit. He had previously said that he had no intention of meeting Putin even though he was going to a conference in Bali.
Indonesia has also invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is expected to attend in practice. Zelensky said he would not participate if Putin was present.