The Indonesian president is scheduled to meet with Putin this month

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The Indonesian president and chairman of the G20 is scheduled to visit Moscow later this month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indonesia’s state news agency reported, citing its security minister.

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This year’s G20 summit was overshadowed by the war in Ukraine with Indonesia struggling to maintain member states’ cohesion as some Western nations threaten to boycott the event and push for Russia’s exclusion.

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According to the Antara news agency, the Indonesian leader, known as “Djokovi”, is scheduled to meet with Putin on June 30.

“Yes, this is on the president’s agenda,” the security minister told reporters at the presidential palace on Monday.

Russia’s state-run news agency TASS also confirmed the two men in a telegram last week, citing a Kremlin source.

Djokovic is scheduled to attend the G7 summit in Germany on June 26-27, before heading to Moscow for a possible visit to Ukraine, according to Indonesian media reports.

Teuku Faizasiah, a spokesman for Indonesia’s foreign ministry, confirmed that Djokovi would travel to Germany, but said “we are still in the process of finalizing all relevant issues related to the planned visit to other countries”.

In April, Indonesia announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would be invited to the G20 summit in Bali in November, but made it clear that it would not withdraw its invitation to Putin.

US President Joe Biden, Canadian counterpart Justin Trindade and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are among those leaders who have voiced opposition to the Russian leader’s involvement.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed his participation, regardless of whether Putin attends, during a visit to Jakarta this month.

The Indonesian president is likely to discuss the issue of the Russian blockade of Odessa, which has caused a significant reduction in food exports to Ukraine, one of the largest exporters of cereals, corn and sunflower oil in the world, according to political analysts.


Source: Capital

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