The announcement of Indonesia confirming the invitations to the G20 Summit in Bali for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is being criticized in some circles, including the United States of America. The U.S. White House is threatening to boycott the proceedings if President Putin is allowed to attend.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his capacity as the head of the G20 and host of the Summit, has answered that criticism by reaffirming that Putin is welcome to attend and extended an additional invitation to the Ukraine President.
Earlier, the USA has suggested to Indonesia that if Russia attends the G20, Ukraine should also be invited to Bali. Should Ukraine attend, it would be accorded a “special guest” status in that they are not a member of the G20.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo insists Indonesia’s position on the Ukraine-Russian conflict remain neutral and unaligned.
“I have already invited President Zelenskyy to attend the G20 Summit,” said President Joko Widodo. President Widodo delivered his invitation by telephone to President Zelenskyy on Wednesday, 27 April 2022.
The President of Indonesia has publicly identified the resolution of the Ukraine-Russian conflict as critical to global economic development.