Indonesian President Joko Widodo
Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that Vladimir Putin is going to personally attend the G20 summit, which is to be held on November 15-16 on the Indonesian island of Bali.
How Viodo said in an interview with Bloomberg, the Russian president personally informed him of his desire to come to the summit. According to the President of Indonesia, Chinese President Xi Jinping is also going to visit Bali.
The Kremlin spokesman declined to comment. An unnamed Russian official familiar with the situation confirmed to the agency that Vladimir Putin plans to come to the meeting of the G20 leaders.
Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin would attend the summit, but did not specify in what format.
On June 29, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that the Indonesian authorities had ruled out Vladimir Putin's personal presence at the summit. “As for President Putin at the G20, the President of Indonesia [Joko Widodo] ruled it out categorically, [the Russian President] will not come,” Draghi said.
In late June, Widodo came to Moscow, where he met with Vladimir Putin. On August 18, they had a telephone conversation, in which, according to the Kremlin, they touched upon preparations for the summit. No other details were given.
If Putin's visit goes ahead, the G20 summit will be the first Western-led summit to be attended by a Russian president since the start of the war in Ukraine, Bloomberg notes.