Russian leader Vladimir Putin plans to be at the next G20 summit, which will be held in late October in Bali, Indonesia.
The news about the Russian leader’s intentions was given by Russia’s ambassador to Indonesia, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the G20.
Meanwhile, the United States and its allies discuss the possibility of expelling Russia from the group of the world’s top 20 economies, Fox News indicated.
In addition to the multiple economic sanctions that the West applied to Russia due to the Ukraine conflict, the United States and its allies are now evaluating whether Russia should remain within the group, as indicated by the White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan on Tuesday, March 22.
Putin denies accusations of invasion and has reiterated that he is conducting “a special military operation” to prevent the Ukrainian government from committing genocide, and to put an end to the suffering of the population of Donbass.
The Russian leader said that after the coup in Ukraine in 2014, supported by the West, Kiev was unwilling to resolve the situation diplomatically, and the population of Donbass became the target of punitive military operations.
During a press conference Wednesday in Jakarta, Russia’s ambassador to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobieva said Putin plans to attend the leaders’ conference in Bali arguing the meeting is a platform for solving economic problems, not Ukraine, as Reuters reported.
“Not only G20, many organizations are trying to expel Russia,” the Russian ambassador added, according to Fox.
But although several nations had asked Indonesia not to invite Russia, this went unheeded and Russia was invited. Putin is expected to sit with the leaders of the other countries to address issues such as the economy, health, climate and global security.
Putin had virtually attended the last summit held in Rome, Italy, in October 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.