June 30, 2022

Johnson warns against boycotting G20 summit with Putin

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According to the British Prime Minister, the boycott of the G20 summit with the participation of Russia and China will only give these countries the floor and the opportunity to advance their position

Western countries' boycott of G20 summit with possible participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin will lead to that Russia and China will have the floor. This was stated by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reports Bloomberg.

“If you refuse to participate in the G20, you risk simply transferring the opportunity to make propaganda to others,” — he emphasized.

At the same time, the British prime minister doubted that Putin would participate in the summit “for various reasons.” He stressed that he would be “amazed” if the Russian leader did arrive at the summit, calling him a “rogue figure.”

In November, Bali will host the 17th meeting of heads of state— members of the G20. Indonesia is the current chair of the G20.

Russia, like other countries, has received an invitation to take part in the G20 summit. Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said on June 27 that President Vladimir Putin's participation is “foreseen.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also received an invitation to the summit, despite the fact that his country is not part of the G20. According to Bloomberg, some member countries, including the United States, came up with such an initiative after it became known that Putin had been invited to the meeting. In March, US President Joe Biden spoke in favor of Ukraine's participation in the G20 meetings and proposed to give it the right of an observer if Russia could not be excluded from the organization. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia is not interested in whether Zelensky will “walk somewhere on the side.”

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The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that she would not boycott the event if Putin participated in it. “I think it will be better if he comes, then we can tell him to his face what we think,” — she explained.

In early April, Bloomberg wrote that some members of the G20 tried to dissuade Indonesia from inviting Putin, including the United States. In Washington, they also discussed whether Biden should go to the summit if the Russian president participates.

The Kremlin, in turn, stated that the United States is providing “overt and little diplomatic” pressure on all countries after the idea to exclude Russia from the G20, but noted that even if Moscow is excluded from the G20, nothing bad will happen.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo will visit Moscow on June 30, and before that&mdash ; Ukraine. “My mission is to invite the President of Ukraine, President Zelensky, to open space for dialogue in the context of peace,” — Widodo explained, adding that he would turn to Putin with the same proposal.

Authors Tags Persons

Boris Johnson

politician, prime minister British Minister

19 June 1964

Vladimir Putin

politician, president of Russia

October 7, 1952

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