The US among other nations is urging Indonesia to include Ukraine as a guest at the 2022 G20 Summit in November. Jakarta refuses to uninvite Russian President Vladimir Putin as it wishes to “remain impartial.”
The host country traditionally invites a number of nations to join some aspects of the summit as observers, though they don’t tend to sit in on the formal discussions.
A senior US official acknowledged that joint G20 statements would be impossible on the topic of Ukraine due to Russia’s participation. Some world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, would not sit at the same table as Putin, it’s reported. It’s unclear whether or how Indonesia could engineer a summit to allow Putin and Biden to avoid crossing paths.
“Whether or not the G20 as an entity endorses or doesn’t endorse something is less important than whether most if not all of the G20 countries put their weight behind something that we’re trying to do,” the official told reporters on a refuelling stop in Tokyo.
“You’ll see that we will have an ability as necessary to make clear Russia’s responsibility for some of the very problems that the G20 is going to be tackling,” he said.
Host Indonesia has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the G20 summit later this year despite US-led efforts to isolate him.
But in a compromise, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was also invited.