Reuters: Truss office says Russia has no moral right to participate in G20
British Prime Minister and Chancellor candidate Liz Truss has changed her mind about Russia’s participation in the G20 summit in Indonesia in November. Reuters reports.
Russia has no moral right to sit in the G20 as long as its aggression in Ukraine continues
It should be noted that Truss previously announced her willingness to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the framework of the G20 if she receives the position of prime minister of the kingdom and head of the Conservative Party.
Also, she made similar statements before. In particular, during the debate on July 18, the diplomat promised that she, if elected prime minister, would meet the Russian leader at the G20 summit in Bali. “He was ready to besiege (Russian Foreign Minister) Sergei Lavrov. And I am ready to speak directly with Putin and invite him to a conversation with the participation of such large countries as India and Indonesia. Therefore, I will go there and call him to talk,” the diplomat said.
The demand not to let Russia enter the summit does not sound for the first time
Earlier, prime ministerial candidate and former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak called for the Russian leader not to be allowed to attend the G20 summit. According to him, the G20 countries that support Ukraine “have a collective responsibility to describe Putin’s behavior as appalling.” For his part, the head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Leonid Slutsky, called this proposal a useless call, which is designed to score points in the internal political and party struggle.
In March, US President Joe Biden called for Russia’s exclusion from the G20. He said that the US side would support this, although there was no support for such a decision from all members of the organization. As observers of The Washington Post have pointed out, the decision to invite Vladimir Putin to the fall G20 summit runs counter to the US campaign to turn Moscow into a rogue state and puts the White House chief at a awkward position.
Call to boycott Russia not supported by all
Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was not yet ready to refuse to participate in the G20 summit in November if the Russian leader was present there. At the same time, he added that he would make the final decision on participation only “shortly before departure”, depending on the situation in the world that had developed at that time.
Additionally, Scholz urged other states not to boycott the event for this reason. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also made a similar appeal. She stressed that the G20 is too important to be paralyzed by a boycott. At the same time, she pointed out that it would no longer be possible to conduct business with Russia as usual.
It is important to tell Putin personally what we think of him and how we view such actions.
Russia’s participation in the G20 meeting was also supported by Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto Franco Frans. According to him, the exclusion of Russia will not help to find a solution to the “pressing problem we are facing now.”
Plans to participate in the G20
The fact that Vladimir Putin intends to attend the summit was previously announced by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. According to him, the Russian leader personally announced plans to come to Bali. In addition, Chinese President Xi Jinping will also attend the G20 summit, Widodo added.
At the same time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the format of the president’s participation in the G20 has not yet been determined. “There is no decision on Indonesia yet. There is still time. We are working on the G20 format and will continue to work,” he said.
The G20 Autumn Summit will take place on November 15-16 in Bali. Moscow had previously notified Jakarta of Putin’s intention to participate in the event. In addition to the Russian leader, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky received an invitation to participate.
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