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Indonesia’s President Says Putin and Xi Will Attend G20 Summit

Aug. 19, 2022 (EIRNS)—Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Aug. 18 emphasized in an interview with Bloomberg News, that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping do plan to attend the November G20 summit in Bali in person. “Xi Jinping will come. President Putin has also told me he will come,” Bloomberg quoted Widodo.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry declined to confirm the report. President Putin and Widodo had a phone call on Aug. 18, reported the Kremlin website. “With Indonesia’s G20 Presidency in mind, they touched upon the subject of preparations for the G20 summit on Bali, scheduled for November of this year,” it said.

But Jokowi (as he is called) clearly has not backed down despite severe U.S. pressure to keep Putin out of the G20. “The rivalry of the big countries is indeed worrying. What we want is for this region is to be stable, peaceful, so that we can build economic growth. And, I think, not only Indonesia: Asian countries also want the same thing,”  he told Bloomberg.

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