Indonesia to discuss possible exclusion of Russia from G20 summit

Jacarta, Apr 07, 2022 (Day after tomorrow) — Indonesia acknowledged today that Russia could be excluded from the G20 summit scheduled for November on the island of Bali, after the United States and other Western countries maintained that position due to the invasion of Ukraine, the Government showed today .

“We are investigating the Russia and Ukraine issues and we will discuss them in other forums when the time comes. We need a very careful policy of how we are going to respond as president of the country. [do G20]”, said Dedy Permadi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

On Wednesday, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen declared that Russia should be expelled, a view also echoed by President Joe Biden, followed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australian partner Scott Morrison.

According to the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s participation will depend on the situation, following requests from various leaders to prevent his presence.

“A decision will be made depending on the situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at his daily press conference, adding that Indonesia’s opinion would be first considered.

Following the annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, Russia was expelled from the G8, the group of the world’s most industrialized countries, renamed the G7.

Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that killed at least 1,611 civilians, including 131 children, and injured 2,227, including 191 minors, according to the latest UN figures, which warn of possible civilian casualties. much higher.

The war has caused an undetermined number of military casualties and flights of more than 11 million people, of which 4.3 million were to neighboring countries.

It is Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II (1939-1945) and the United Nations estimates around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and strengthening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.

Read also: Canadian Prime Minister Rejects Russia’s Attendance at G20 Summit

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