The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Moscow had informed Jakarta of President Vladimir Putin’s intention to participate in the G20 summit, and the format of participation would depend on the epidemiological situation in the region and the situation in the world.
‘As for the G20 summit in November, an official invitation was sent from Indonesian President Joko Widodo to his Russian counterpart, and Jakarta was initially informed of President Vladimir Putin’s intention to participate in it”, the ministry added, according to Russia Today.
The Russian Foreign Ministry indicated that the form of participation is subject to clarification and later scrutiny, according to the development of the situation in the world and taking into account the health and epidemiological situation in Southeast Asia.
In the same context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov intends to hold bilateral talks with a number of his counterparts from the G20 member states during a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
There will be a series of meetings,” Lavrov told the Russian news agency “TASS” today, Wednesday, during a visit to Vietnam, without specifying which countries he will hold talks with.
On Thursday, the meeting of foreign ministers of the G20 states will kick off in Bali.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has already declined to meet Lavrov. Many politicians criticized Lavrov’s participation in the meeting, against the backdrop of the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine.
Noteworthy, Lavrov’s participation in the meeting tomorrow aims to test the feelings of the possible participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin himself in the summit of the group scheduled in Bali later this year.