Prez Putin to skip G-20 Summit in Bali on Nov. 15-16
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G-20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia and the Russian delegation will be led by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.
“On November 15-16, Bali will host the 17th G20 Summit. Russia will be represented by a delegation led by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who will take part in plenary sessions and hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
“We presume that in the current conditions, the emphasis should be placed on using diplomatic tools in order to revive the culture of respectful dialogue in the G-20 and create the prerequisites for its productive work in the future,” the spokeswoman added.
Further, Zakharova said that Russia intends to contribute in every possible way to such a development of events, relying on the support of the like-minded partners in the BRICS and other countries with emerging markets.
G-20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation representing around 85% of the global GDP, over 75% of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Bali from November 14-16 to attend the 17th G-20 Summit.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral meetings with “some of his counterparts” on the sidelines of the Summit.
India will formally assume the G-20 Presidency from 1 December 2022.
During the course of its G-20 Presidency, India will be holding about 200 meetings in 32 different sectors in multiple locations across India. (UNI)