Putin will not go to the G20 summit – Bloomberg

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Putin will not go to the G20 summit, — Bloomberg

According to journalists, the head of the Kremlin at the G-20 meeting in Indonesia will be replaced by Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov. The Kremlin is keen to protect the president from potential confrontations, particularly with Joe Biden, who calls Putin a war criminal.

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Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit next week on 17- November 16 in Indonesia on the island of Bali. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing competent sources.

The Kremlin seeks to protect its president from potential high-level tensions associated with the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine.

The decision was made to avoid potential confrontation with other world leaders, in particular US President Joe Biden, who called Putin a war criminal. Other European leaders could ignore Putin during the summit.

Instead of Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will represent Russia at the summit.

In March, Biden said Russia should be excluded from the G-20 for the full-scale entry of troops into the territory of Ukraine, which caused the largest military conflict in Europe since World War II, as well as fears of a possible use of nuclear weapons.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo refused to withdraw the invitation sent to Putin, due to the fact that that the Indonesian G-20 chair is pursuing a policy of neutrality. In response to Biden's proposal, the President of Indonesia decided to invite Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to the G20 summit as a guest.

Zelensky spoke with Widodo by phone, and in an interview with reporters he said that he would not participate in the summit if Putin is invited there.