Zelenskyy invited at G20 meeting in Bali. Putin may also attend

Washington --Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zeleskyy was invited to Bali's Group of 20 Summit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, he stated Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin might also attend.

Zelenskyy invited at G20 meeting in Bali. Putin may also attend

Zelenskyy posted on Twitter that he had spoken to Widodo Wednesday and discussed food security issues. Officials warn that Russia's war against Ukraine will only make matters worse. He also expressed his gratitude to his Indonesian counterpart, for his support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially for his clear position at the" United Nations."

"Appreciate you inviting me to [G20] summit," Zelenskyy stated.

The G20 summit of leaders representing the world's most powerful economies will be hosted by Indonesia in mid-November. Zelenskyy didn't say whether he would accept Widodo’s invitation to the meeting. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, told reporters that the Biden administration is open to the offer of Ukraine's president.

Lyudmila Vorobieva (Russia's ambassador to Jakarta) told reporters last week that Putin plans to attend the G20 meeting. However, she said that his participation would "depend on many, multiple things including the COVID situation."

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, stated earlier this month that a decision about Putin's attendance would be made in the future.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, he stated that Indonesia is the organizer and the presiding nation. "Naturally we will be oriented toward the organizers in first place. Based on the current situation, a decision about participation will be made.

In response to Russia's invasion in Ukraine late February, the U.S. and its allies in the West have demanded that Russia be removed from G20. During a March press conference, President Biden stated to reporters that he believes Russia should leave the forum. However, he said that it would be up the G20.

"If it is impossible to do so, and if Indonesia or other countries are not in agreement, then we should ask for both Ukraine to be allowed to attend the meetings as well as...observe. The president stated.

The treasury secretary and other officials left the Washington meeting of G20 central bank governors and finance ministers earlier this month when Russia's finance Minister began to speak.

Psaki stated at the time that this was a sign that Putin and Russia had "become pariahs on the global stage."

She told reporters that Secretary Yellen and the president have said they can't continue business as usual at G20, or any other international forums in Russia.

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