China Supports Indonesia Not To Discuss Russia-Ukraine Conflict at G20

The Chinese government supports the Indonesian government’s stance that it remains focused on the three main agendas of the G20 Presidency in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. This statement was made in relation to the efforts of several countries to add the issue of Russia and Ukraine to the G20 agenda this year.

“We also know that Indonesia conveys its stance that the G20 has an economic and financial forum,” said Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Lu Kang at a virtual press conference in Jakarta, Thursday (31/3). Between.

Indonesia as the G20 Presidency this year faces challenges in the midst of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. G20 member countries are polarized. Some have imposed sanctions on Russia, some have sided with Ukraine, and have remained non-partisan, like Indonesia.

“We strongly agree that Indonesia can ignore these disturbances,” he said.

The G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and European Union.

China also praised this year’s G20 theme, namely “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”, by setting three main agendas, namely world health architecture, energy transition, and digital transformation.

Lu believes that these issues are indeed the focus and need to be discussed by the world. According to Lu, high-level multilateral meetings, such as the G20, must have a function and focus on a particular issue or problem.

“If we include all these issues in this multilateral agency, it will interfere with its function. It will also not help these agencies to play a role,” he said.

Previously, the Indonesian government had set a stance regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict in the G20 Presidency, while remaining focused on three main agendas.

“Once again, in the G20 Presidency, our focus is on pushing three main agendas, namely global health architecture, digital transformation and energy transition,” said Dian Tiansyah Djan, Special Staff for Strengthening Priority Programs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thursday (10/3).

The Russian Ambassador in Jakarta said President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the G20 summit held by Indonesia later this year. This statement comes amid calls by several G20 members to remove Russia from the group.

“Not only the G20, many organizations are trying to expel Russia. The Western reaction is completely disproportionate,” ambassador Lyudmila Vorobieva said at a press conference on Wednesday (23/3), as quoted from Reuters.

There are at least three countries that openly reject Putin’s presence in Bali.

The United States, through its national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said Russia could no longer do business as usual in international institutions and in the international community.

Sullivan made the remarks in response to whether US President Joe Biden would move to push Russia out of the G20 when he meets with allies in Brussels this week.

In addition, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has voiced his concern about conditions in Ukraine, as well as agreeing with US calls to declare Russia committing war crimes in Ukraine.

Quoted from the news agency A B C, Morrison on Thursday (24/3) last week, called a meeting with Putin in Bali would be “a step too far.”

The third country to reject Putin’s presence is Poland. On Tuesday (22/3) last week, as quoted Reuters, Poland has suggested to US trade officials to replace Russia in the G20.

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