Indonesian president due to meet Putin this month – Official Media | world news

(Reuters) – Indonesian President and current G20 Chairman Joko Widodo is due to travel to Moscow later this month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indonesia’s official news agency quoted the minister as saying. of the country’s security.

This year’s meetings of the Group of 20 major economies have been overshadowed by the war in Ukraine, with Indonesia struggling to keep the group together as some Western countries threaten to boycott the summit and push for Russia’s exclusion.

The Antara news agency reported that the Indonesian leader, widely known as Jokowi, was due to meet Putin on June 30.

“Yes, this is the president’s agenda,” Coordinating Minister of Security Mahfud MD told reporters at the presidential palace on Monday.

Russian state news agency TASS also confirmed the meeting in a report last week, citing a Kremlin source.

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Jokowi is due to attend a Group of Seven (G7) summit in Germany to be held June 26-28 before heading to Moscow, with a stopover in Ukraine also being considered, according to Indonesian media.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed that Jokowi would visit Germany, but said “we are still finalizing all relevant matters regarding the planned visit to other countries.”

Indonesia announced in April that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy would also be invited to the G20 leaders’ summit in Bali in November, but made clear it would not withdraw Putin’s invitation.

US President Joe Biden, Canadian President Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are among the leaders who have voiced their opposition to the Russian leader’s membership.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed he would attend regardless during a visit to Jakarta later this month.

The Indonesian president may also seek to raise the issue of Russia’s blockade of Odessa, which has drastically reduced food shipments from Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oil. said political commentators.

(Reporting by Kate Lamb; Editing by Ed Davies)

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