Russia confirmed that Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Bali

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The Kremlin announced that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will replace him. The meeting of leaders will take place on November 15 and 16

Russia confirmed that Vladi ;mir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Bali

The Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Bali. Sputnik/Sergey Bobylev/Pool via REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 leaders' summit on the island of Bali, where the country will be represented by its Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

“The decision has been made that Sergei Lavrov represent Russia at the G20 summit″, the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, told the TASS agency.

The Indonesian government announced hours before that the Russian president would not be present at the meeting that the island of Bali will host on November 15 and 16.

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Moscow had already reported the absence of Putin during the summit of leaders of the < b>Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is held in Cambodia between the 11th and 13th of this month.

Russia confirmed that Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Bali

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a press conference after the talks with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Moscow, Russia, on November 8, 2022. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS

In turn, it is unknown at the moment if the head of the Kremlin will participate in the G20 summit (a group made up of the most developed and emerging countries) by videoconference, as some information suggests.

As host of the G20, Indonesia has resisted pressureWestern countries and Ukraine to withdraw their invitation to Putin from the summit and expel Russia from the group for the war in Ukraine, claiming that it has no authority to do so without the consensus of the members.

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, tried to mediate the geopolitical friction between the G20 powers. This year's meetings included walkouts and boycott threats sparked by tensions over the invasion, which Russia calls a “special military operation”.

“(The president) has tried to calm everyone down and that seems to be happening now,” Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan told local media in Bali.

Russia confirmed that Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Bali

Indonesian President Joko Widodo attends a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Moscow, Russia, June 30, 2022. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS/File

The president, popularly known as Jokowi, declared in a recent interview with the Financial Times that Russia was welcome at the summit, which he feared would be overshadowed by a “very worrying” rise in international tensions.

“The G20 is not intended to be a political forum. It is about economy and development,” he said.

Indonesia also invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has said that he would not participate if Putin does and is expected to attend virtually.

Other world leaders are scheduled to attend the summit that begins on November 15, including the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and the president of China, Xi Jinping.

(With information from EFE and Reuters)< /i>

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