Russia's Putin will not attend G20 summit in Bali- Indonesian official-UPDATED

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# 10 November 2022 11:57 (UTC +04:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend Big Twenty (G20) summit to be held in Indonesia and the Russian delegation will be led by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said the spokesperson of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, APA reports citing TASS.


Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend a gathering of leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) nations in Bali next week, an Indonesian government official told Reuters on Thursday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Putin will be represented by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Jodi Mahardi, a spokesperson for the Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment affairs, said.

The Russian president is due to join one of the meetings virtually, he said.

As the G20 host, Indonesia has resisted pressure from Western countries and Ukraine to withdraw its invitation to Putin from the leader's summit and expel Russia from the group over the war in Ukraine, saying it does not have the authority to do so without consensus among members.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in an interview with the Financial Times, said Russia was welcome at the summit, which he feared would be overshadowed by a "very worrying" rise in international tensions.

"The G20 is not meant to be a political forum. It's meant to be about economics and development," he was quoted as saying.