The gathering of foreign ministers of the G-20, a grouping of developed countries of the world, has started for a one-day meeting to be held in Indonesia’s Bali peninsula. While the agenda of the talks is to promote global cooperation and food and energy security, it is expected to echo the Ukraine crisis.
However, even before the talks, the prevailing concerns about this have started coming to the fore. Ahead of their arrival in Bali, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov have visited several Asian countries aimed at garnering support ahead of the talks and strengthening their ties in the region.
On the other hand, the US and its allies are trying to teach a lesson to Russian President Vladimir Putin in several ways, including threatening to boycott the G20 summit in Bali in November.
Indonesia, the chairman of the G20 summit this year, has the responsibility of playing a more constructive role on the world stage as well as being the organizer of the summit.
Indonesia has adopted a neutral stance in the case of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and President Joko Widodo has also maintained his stand in this matter. Ukraine is not a part of the G20 group, but Widodo has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Putin to the summit in November. However, Zelensky has made it clear that if the war continues, he will not attend the conference and will monitor discussions via video link.
It is being told that Widodo had told Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Germany that Putin would also not participate in the G-20 summit. However, it has been said from Russia that no decision has been taken on this yet. On Thursday, the foreign ministers of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union will leave for Bali. Huh. plc/gt