According to von der Leyen, the G20 institution is “too important to let Putin destroy it,” and the presence of the Russian leader will allow him to better understand the position of the West
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will not boycott the autumn G20 summit; (G20) if Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in it. She stated this in an interview with the German TV channel ZDF.
“We must think very carefully about whether we will paralyze the entire G20, so I do not support this [boycott of the summit] <…> I think it will be better if he [Putin] comes, then we can tell him to his face what we think, — von der Leyen noted.
According to her, the G20 institution is “too important to let Putin destroy it,” and the presence of the Russian leader will allow him to better understand the position of the West.
Summit of Heads of State— G20 participants will be held November 15 & 16 in Bali. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already received an invitation to participate in the event, but the Kremlin has not yet made a decision. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was also invited to the summit, although the country is not a member of the organization.
Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that some members of the G20, including the United States, tried to persuade Indonesia to refuse Putin's invitation to the summit in the country . According to the agency, Jakarta was required to “at least condemn” Russia's actions in Ukraine. US officials have also discussed whether President Joe Biden should skip the summit if Putin visits, but Biden is likely to attend, according to sources.