Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Bali next week but will send his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to represent him. This was announced by Jodi Mahardi, spokesman for the Indonesian Ministry of Investments which coordinates the organization of the summit. The confirmation also comes from Yulia Tomskaya of the Russian embassy: “Minister Sergei Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation to the G20. President Putin’s program is still being drawn up: he could virtually participate”.
The summit is scheduled for between the 14th and the 16th of this month. There are currently 17 leaders who have confirmed their presence. The Russian delegation, on the other hand, will be led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. According to reports from the Russian agency Ria Novosti, President Putin could participate by videoconference. The meeting would put the Kremlin number one in the same room as Joe Biden for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February. The American president, in recent days, had defined Putin a “war criminal” excluding meeting him in Bali (if he had gone), unless the conversation concerned the release of the Americans detained in Russia.