Indonesia invites Putin to G20 summit, embarrassment in Washington

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Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the West has sought to isolate Russia on the international scene. But the emerging countries want to maintain a position of neutrality vis-à-vis Moscow. And now the Indonesian President invites Vladimir Putin to participate in the G20 summit to be held in November on the island of Bali.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Friday that he had invited his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and confirmed that he had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the G20 summit scheduled for November in Indonesia. “ I invited President Zelensky to participate in the G20 summit “Said the Indonesian leader, suggesting that a compromise had been found for the meeting scheduled in Bali, while the members of the group are deeply divided since the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

« We can’t act like nothing happened “, Estimated the US State Department on Friday. No answer, however, to the question of a journalist to find out whether or not Joe Biden would refuse to go to the G20 summit. The situation of the American administration is indeed not easy: after having called Vladimir Putin a war criminal and accused Russia of genocide in Ukraine, how can we envisage finding the master of the Kremlin during the meeting of the major economic powers? global?

The White House is realistic: an expulsion of Russia from the G20 is unlikely for lack of consensus. At a meeting of G20 finance ministers in April, the US delegation and several allies boycotted some meetings to protest Russian participation. Could the United States then decide to send a lower-ranking delegation to Bali? An absence of Joe Biden would leave all the room for Russia and China.

The only positive point noted by the American administration: the invitation by Indonesia of Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president.

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