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Host country Indonesia asks G20 for flexibility on Russia |  Abroad

Host country Indonesia asks G20 for flexibility on Russia | Abroad

Indonesian politicians are calling on Western G20 member states to scale back their criticism of Russia, aiming for a joint final statement during this week’s G20 summit in Bali, Politico reported, citing diplomatic sources.

Indonesian officials, including President Joko Widodo, have asked diplomats from Japan, the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada, among others, to show “flexibility” toward Russia, represented at the summit by Sergei Lavrov, according to Politico. As a result, the Russian foreign minister may have to agree to the joint closing statement.

Politico said Widodo would regard such a successful closing statement as a “personal success,” and he regretted hosting the most thorny G20 ever. Also, Widodo wouldn’t think it was a good idea to kick Russia out of the G-20 and turn it into a G-19, as happened with the G8 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.

Final statement?

However, a joint closing statement appears less likely. Russia and the United States failed to reach consensus after a multilateral summit in Cambodia, so a statement after the G20 summit is also not expected.

At least seventeen leaders attend the meeting in Bali. They include US President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Olaf Schulz, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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