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US speaks out on Zelensky’s G20 participation — Analysis

If Putin takes part in the summit in Indonesia, Ukraine’s leader should also attend in some form, the White House says

Vladimir Zelensky of Ukraine should participate in the G20 summit in Bali on November 20, despite not belonging to the club of top economies as the Biden administration insisted.

If Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends the event, then the US believes Zelensky must also “participate,”Bloomberg reported, citing the White House National Security Council’s (NSC) statement.

The statement did not specify whether the US wants the Ukrainian leader to travel to Bali in person, or join by video link, which was the format used by Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmitry Kuleba when addressing the G20 in July.

Zelensky was already invited by Indonesia to bail out the G20.

The NSC reiterated however that “President Biden has said publicly himself, he does not think President Putin should attend the G20 as he wages his war against Ukraine.”

Joko Widodo, the Indonesian president, announced Friday that the Russian and Chinese leaders had confirmed that they would attend the Bali event. “Xi Jinping will come. President Putin has also told me he will come,”He stated.

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Putin and Widodo spoke about the preparations of the summit over a telephone call this week. The Kremlin did not say whether Putin will be traveling to Bali or taking part in virtual meetings.

The format of Putin’s attendance will depend on “the situation in the world and the sanitary-epidemiological environment in Southeastern Asia,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said last month.

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