Putin to attend G20 summit in Indonesia: Kremlin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the G20 summit in Indonesia in November, a Kremlin adviser said Monday.
“We have received the official invitation… and we have responded positively, saying that we are interested in participating,” Yuri Ushakov told reporters.
He said with “plenty of time” before the November 15-16 summit in Bali, there could be changes in how Russia participates.
“But for now, the invitation is for personal participation,” Ushakov added.
During the Covid pandemic in October, Putin took part in the G20 summit in Rome via a video link.
Indonesia – which holds the group’s rotating presidency this year – sparked controversy by inviting Russia to the meeting of the world’s largest economies.
Western countries, led by the United States, have pressured Jakarta to exclude Moscow after Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and war crimes allegations.
But German Chancellor Olaf Scholz indicated on Monday that he was still open to participating, despite Putin’s expected presence.
Scholz, who currently hosts the G7 summit of top industrialized nations, said he would make a final decision on whether or not to attend “shortly before departure”.
He noted that Indonesia has also invited the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky
head of the European Commission Ursula from the Leyen also said on Sunday that she did not rule out sitting at the same table with Putin at the G20.
She said it was “important to tell him straight to his face what we think of him”.
The G20 countries account for about 80 percent of total world economic output, while the G7 contributes about 31 percent.