US President Joe Biden and his advisers discuss how to approach the G20 summit in Indonesia after Russia informed the host country that President Vladimir Putin intends to attend the event.
The White House chairman once said that Russia should be excluded from the Group of 20 major economies (G20) because of the military offensive in Ukraine. senior officials in his administration biden left recent G20 events in the presence of Russian delegates to speak out against Moscow.
The US side has also held talks with Indonesia, which will host the G20 summit in November, to reinforce its condemnation of Russia. However, according to CNN, there is currently no decision to boycott the group leaders’ meeting as there are still 6 months to go before the event takes place.
US officials revealed that Washington is unlikely to decide to skip the meeting, considering the downsides of the move and the forum’s ceding to Russia and China.
“President Biden has publicly expressed his disapproval of his Russian counterpart Putin attend the G20 summit,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on April 29. Psaki noted that it’s still too early to tell what the summit will look like.
The White House understands the fact that the G20 will not be eliminated Russia from the group as the decision requires consensus and China has made it clear that it does not support such a move. This creates a different scenario than Russia’s exclusion from the G8 following the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
According to Psaki, the White House knew that Indonesia had invited Putin to the February 24 G20 summit before hostilities erupted in Ukraine. Indonesia also invited Ukraine to attend the meeting as a guest, which was welcomed by the US.
In the new statement, the President of Indonesia stressed the unity among the group’s member countries.
“Indonesia wants to unite the G20. Do not allow division in the group. Peace and stability are the keys to global economic recovery and development,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in a statement. Cabinet announcement on 29.