According to CNN, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on April 29 that Russian President Vladimir Putin had accepted an invitation to attend the G20 summit scheduled for November on the island of Bali. Mr Widodo said: “Indonesia wants to govern the G20. Don’t allow division. Peace and stability are the keys to global economic recovery and development.”
Damaged apartment building in Mariupol – Ukraine on April 28. Photo: Reuters
State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter added that the United States does not believe it can cooperate with Russia “as usual” at the international level. Ms. Porter did not comment on whether the US would attend the summit on the island of Bali.
Tensions between the United States and Russia escalated further as Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin warned that the law just passed by the US House of Representatives would leave gun-lease for generations of Ukrainians in debt.
According to RT Radio on April 29, Volodin said that “loan rental” is not free and Ukraine has to pay for the weapons provided by the US under this program.
Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin. Photo: Reuters
Hinting that lending to Ukraine would boost US defense companies’ profits many times over, Mr. Volodin wrote on the Telegram channel: “Washington’s motives are very clear.”
On April 28, the US House of Representatives passed the Ukrainian Democratic Defense Leasing-Lease Act, making it easier for the US to send arms to Ukraine while Russia’s military campaign in the country takes place.
In the latest development on the Ukraine crisis, the Ukrainian government warned that peace talks with Moscow were in danger of collapsing and said Russia was attacking regions in the east. Ukraine and Russia have not held face-to-face peace talks since March 29, only via online form since that day.
Both the US and Britain have expressed support for Ukraine in the talks but say it is important to continue arming Kyiv. President Joe Biden also asked the US Congress on April 28 to add a new $33 billion aid package, including more than $20 billion worth of weapons.