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EU commission chief explains stance on call for G20 boycott — Analysis

Ursula von der Leyen spoke against “paralyzing” the G20 despite calls to boycott the upcoming summit because of Russia

Ursula von der Leyen, chief of European Commission, stated that it is more beneficial to speak openly with Vladimir Putin as a human being than to boycott this year’s Group of Twenty summit.

“It is also important to tell him to his face what we think of him and what we think of this kind of action,”ZDF in Germany was told by Von der Leyen on Sunday. She said that there cannot be any “business as usual”After it began a military campaign against Ukraine in February, Russia joined the fray.

G20 countries include Brazil, Canada and the United States.

“And we have to think very carefully if we should paralyze the entire G20. I’m not advocating that. I think this institution is far too important,”The chief of the European Commission claimed.

US President Joe Biden in March suggested that Russia be excluded from the group, but noted that this was not the case. “depends on the G20.”Janet Yellen, US Treasury Secretary, also called for Moscow to be expelled.

April saw Western officials walk out of a speech delivered by Anton Siluanov, Russian Finance Minister, at the Washington ministerial G20 meeting.

Indonesia, which holds the group’s rotating presidency and is the host of this year’s summit, made it clear that Russia has been invited to attend the November meeting. Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine was also invited.

Joko Widodo, the Indonesian president, stated in April that he wanted to “unite the G20.”

“There should be no division. Peace and stability are the keys to the recovery and development of the world economy,”He stated.

Widodo will be attending the Group of Seven Summit in south Germany for three days. After that, he will travel to Kiev and Moscow. Leader of Indonesia called for Russia and Ukraine’s participation in dialogue to bring an end to the conflict.

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