Indonesian President Joko Vidondo today offered to deliver a message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a bid to rekindle hopes for peace.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Vidodo currently chairs the G20 and is one of six leaders designated by the United Nations as “defenders” in the Global Crisis Group, which was set up to deal with the threat of famine and misery posed by the war in Ukraine.
Following his visit to Ukraine, the Indonesian president is set to travel to Moscow to meet with Putin and has said he will urge him to agree to a ceasefire. Peace talks between Moscow and Kiev have been frozen, with the two sides blaming each other.
“Although it is very difficult to achieve, I expressed the importance of a peaceful settlement,” Vidondo said after meeting with Zelensky. “I offered to give a message from President Zelensky to President Putin, whom I will meet soon,” he added.
The Indonesian president, who arrived in Kyiv from Poland by train, reiterated to Zelensky his invitation to attend the G20 summit in Bali in November. Zelensky replied, however, that his participation would depend “on the situation and security in Ukraine and on the composition of the members of the summit.” He did not name Putin, whose participation in the summit is the subject of intense diplomatic processes. Recently, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said he was “excluded”, but the Kremlin insisted he had received an invitation, which was accepted.