G20: Putin’s invitation irritates the United States

LWill Vladimir Putin’s Russia be present at the next G20, scheduled for next November? This prospect greatly irritates the United States, which expressed all its reservations on Friday, April 29. “The United States continues to believe that we cannot ignore Russia’s participation in the international community or international institutions,” said Jaline Porter, spokesperson of the US State Department.

She did not specify whether, because of this invitation, Washington would refuse to go to the summit or not. Indonesia announced on Friday that it had invited Volodymyr Zelensky and confirmed that it had invited Russia, a member of this group of the world’s largest economies, as well as its President Vladimir Putin to the G20 summit scheduled for November.

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US President Joe Biden “has publicly expressed his opposition to President Putin’s presence at the G20,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, welcoming the Ukrainians’ invitation. Jen Psaki added that the United States was in contact with the Indonesians and that the Russian invitation dated back to before the invasion, which began on February 24.

Indonesia, which chairs the G20 this year, has come under strong pressure from the West, led by the United States, to exclude Russia since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. But Jakarta resisted, arguing that its position as host required it to remain “impartial”, and its president Joko Widodo suggested that the invitation of the Ukrainian president was thus a compromise.

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