Ursula von der Leyen spoke in opposition to “paralyzing” the G20 regardless of calls to boycott the upcoming summit due to Russia
It’s higher to have a frank face-to-face dialog with Russian President Vladimir Putin than boycott the Group of Twenty (G20) summit this yr, European Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen has insisted.
“It’s also necessary to inform him to his face what we consider him and what we consider this sort of motion,” von der Leyen advised the German broadcaster ZDF on Sunday. Nevertheless, she stated there may be no “enterprise as normal” with Russia after it launched a navy marketing campaign in Ukraine in late February.
The G20, which incorporates international locations such because the US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, India and Brazil, will maintain its annual summit in Bali, Indonesia in November.
“And now we have to suppose very fastidiously if we must always paralyze your entire G20. I’m not advocating that. I feel this establishment is way too necessary,” the European Fee chief claimed.
US President Joe Biden prompt in March that Russia must be expelled from the group altogether however famous that the problem “is dependent upon the G20.” The decision to exclude Moscow was additionally made by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
In April, Western officers walked out throughout a speech by Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov at a ministerial G20 occasion in Washington.
Indonesia, which holds the group’s rotating presidency and is the host of this yr’s summit, made it clear that Russia has been invited to attend the November assembly. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was additionally invited as a visitor.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo stated in April that he desires to “unite the G20.”
“There must be no division. Peace and stability are the keys to the restoration and improvement of the world economic system,” he stated.
Widodo is attending the three-day Group of Seven summit in southern Germany, after which he’ll go to Kiev and Moscow. The Indonesian chief known as on Russia and Ukraine to interact in dialogue to finish the battle.