UK PM candidate calls on G20 to bar Putin

A spokesperson for Rishi sunak stated that the Russian president should not be permitted to attend summits until it ends the offensive in Ukraine.

Rishi Sunak, the British Conservative Party’s leadership candidate has asked for sanctions against Russia President Vladimir Putin at G20 summits to ensure that Moscow ceases military operations in Ukraine. His representative stated this on Friday.

Earlier, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that both Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had confirmed that they would personally attend the group’s summit in Bali in November. If true, this would be the first occasion that Putin, Xi, or US President Joe Biden will meet since Russia launched its military operations in Ukraine late February.

However, Britain’s G20 partners and allies should act together “to call Putin’s abhorrent behavior out,” a spokesman for Sunak said. “Sitting round a table with him isn’t good enough when he is responsible for children being killed in their beds as they sleepHe added,

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We need to send a strong message to Putin that he doesn’t have a seat at the table unless and until he stops his illegal war in Ukraine.

There has been a lot of pressure on Indonesia to exclude Putin from the summit. However, the country, that holds the rotating presidency, refused to budge, with its foreign ministry saying in March that it would “Be objective” and invite all members as planned. The Indonesian President Vladimir Zelensky has been invited by the Ukrainian government, despite the fact that his country does not belong to the Club of the World’s Top Economy.

Sunak is one of two contenders left in the race to become Britain’s new prime minister, along with Liz Truss, the current foreign secretary. Opinium Research’s survey shows that Truss leads Sunak by 22 points. Truss was the finance minister of Boris Johnson’s cabinet.

Truss is also known for her tough stand on Russia. Late July she stated that she was prepared to meet Putin at the summit before countries such as India and Indonesia. “There would be no way I could go, but I’d call Putin out.,” she noted at the time.



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