The Pentagon: Vladimir Putin is not welcome at the G-20: ‘Not appropriate’ 2022-04-29 09:07:12


The pentagonal Friday said that the Russian president Russian President Vladimir Putin She “should not at all” participate in this year’s G20 summit in Indonesia.

“he is [Putin] He has isolated Russia by his actions and must continue to be isolated by the international community,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby. She said during appearance day CNN.

Kirby said he believed it was “inappropriate” for the international community to “continue to” treat Russia as if things were normal, because [they’re] No,” referring to Putin’s decision on February 24 to invade Ukraine.

“Putin has isolated himself and must continue to suffer the consequences of his actions in Ukraine,” the spokesman said.

Kirby declined to comment on whether the Biden administration had considered inviting Putin to attend the conference G20 Summit In the Indonesian resort island of Bali this fall as a “mistake”.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby gives a Pentagon news briefing on February 1, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. On Friday, he said Russia “must certainly not participate in this year’s G20 summit in Indonesia.
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In March, the US President Joe Biden He said that Russia should be taken out of the G-20 because of the invasion of Ukraine.

earlier on FridayIndonesian President Joko Widodo, the current G20 chair, said in a statement that Putin informed him during a phone call that he would attend the conference.

Indonesia currently holds the rotating presidency of the Group of Twenty.

During the phone call between the two leaders, Putin provided an “update on the situation in Ukraine including Ongoing negotiation process between Russia and Ukraine,” Widodo said in a statement from the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java.

“Putin expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the G20 summit and said he would attend,” he said.

Widodo added that he also invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the G20 conference, confirming the Ukrainian leader’s April 27 statement on Twitter that he had been asked to attend.

Zelensky thanked the Indonesian president for the invitation, but did not say whether he had accepted or would accept his invitation.

Biden said on March 24 that he supports Russia’s exit from the G20 Putin’s invasion Against Ukraine, when pressing the issue during a meeting with world leaders in Brussels.

“My answer is yes, but it depends on the G-20,” Biden said.

After Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Russia was expelled from the Group of Eight industrialized nations.

The G20 includes developing economies and its members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey. The United States and the European Union. Spain was invited as a permanent guest.

The G-20 summit is scheduled for mid-November.

NEWSWEEK Contact the Russian Foreign Ministry and the White House for comment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting to discuss preparations to celebrate the anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II at the Kremlin in Moscow on December 12, 2012. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the current G20 president, said Friday that Putin told him he would attend the G20 conference this fall. .
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Update 04/29/22, 9:51AM ET: This article has been updated with additional quotes and background information.