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Indonesia Expresses Support for Ukraine but Doesn’t Confirm Zelenskyy’s Invite to G-20 Summit

April 28, 2022, 06.44 PM

KOMPAS.comThe White House said it has not received confirmation from Indonesia — president of this year’s Group of 20 (G-20) economic forum — that it has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to its November summit in Bali.

“We’ve seen the reports that President Zelenskyy has been invited to the G-20 and we certainly welcome that,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.

“As you know, President Biden said just last month that Ukraine should be able to participate. But we don’t have further confirmation beyond the news reports, which we certainly think are positive.”

Zelenskyy on Wednesday tweeted that he’d had discussions with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and thanked him for his support of Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity, in particular for a clear position in the UN.”

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“Appreciated inviting me to the G-20 Summit,” he said.

In a tweet about the conversation Thursday, Widodo did not mention an invitation.

“Yesterday I spoke to President Zelenskyy of Ukraine,” Widodo posted. “I reiterated Indonesia’s support to any efforts for peace negotiations to succeed and stand ready to provide humanitarian assistance.”

Indonesia in March supported two resolutions at the United Nations General Assembly condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine but abstained on the third resolution, along with 57 other UN members, to expel Moscow from the UN Human Rights Council.

No announcement

Analysts have pointed out that Widodo’s government is stuck with the impossible task of attempting consensus on the world’s most pressing economic problems while navigating new geopolitical rivalries triggered by Putin’s invasion.

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While Moscow was kicked out of the Group of Eight (G-8), now known as the Group of Seven (G-7), following its 2014 annexation of Crimea, the G-20 is a much wider grouping with many more competing interests. It includes China, which supports Russian involvement.

“I think Indonesia is trying to split the baby here,” said Gregory Poling, who researches US foreign policy in the Asia Pacific at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“They don’t want the US and other members of the G-7 to not show up. They also don’t want to be put in the position of disinviting Putin,” he told VOA.

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