Current events – USA criticizes Putin’s invitation to G20 summit

The US government has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to the G20 summit in Indonesia in November. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday that US President Joe Biden had “publicly expressed” his opposition to Putin attending the Bali meeting. “We have conveyed our view that we don’t think they should be a part of it.”

A spokeswoman for the US State Department said there could be no return to normality in dealings with Russia “in the international community and in international institutions” in view of the Ukraine war. “The US continues to believe that there can be no business as usual.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Friday that Putin would attend the G20 summit in Bali and that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had also been invited. Indonesia holds the presidency of the group of 20 leading industrialized and emerging countries this year. The invitation of non-G20 member Ukraine is seen as a kind of compromise for Indonesia not disinviting Russia despite pressure from Western states.

Biden spokeswoman Psaki said the United States would “welcome” Ukraine’s participation in the summit. Last week, Ukrainian representatives took part in G20 meetings on the fringes of the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Representatives of the USA and other countries left the room several times at meetings when Russian representatives spoke. (apa, dpa, reuters)