US President Donald Trump made a mysterious comment regarding the G20 summit.
Joe Biden, the US president may meet Vladimir Putin next month at the G20 summit. Biden himself did not exclude the possibility, but the State Department said Washington’s policy of boycotting Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine has not changed.
“That remains to be seen,”Biden answered reporters from the White House Thursday when they asked him about meeting Putin at G20. It is set for November 15, in Bali.
Asked to shed light on the US president’s comment, State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters the government’s position on relations with Moscow has not changed.
“I will let the White House speak to any of President Biden’s engagements, but I think the one thing you have seen be pretty clear across the interagency, including from the White House, is that it cannot be business as usual when it comes to Russia”He said that this was due to the conflict in Ukraine.
Biden, Putin and their last meeting was in June 2021 at Geneva, Switzerland. A follow-up summit in December was virtual, and Ukraine was among the topics discussed – along with Russia’s proposal of security guarantees, which the US and NATO rejected the following month.
Joko Widodo (the Indonesian President) stated that in August, both Putin and Xi Jinping had made promises they would be attending the G20 summit. However, last month , the Kremlin said that the Russian president’s attendance will depend on security and other factors.
“I’ll see,”Putin stated that he was present at the meeting in mid September, when he was last asked. “I’ve been to Bali, it’s a nice place, beautiful, but it’s not about beauty, let’s see how things will go in our country, economically and in other areas.”
Biden stated in March that Russia should not be included in the G20. The US and allies boycott meetings at which Russian representatives are present or address them throughout the year. Though Ukraine is not a member of the group, its president Vladimir Zelensky was invited to the Bali summit at Washington’s insistence.