BALI, KOMPAS.com – G20 Chair Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo once again urged his counterparts to end the war but did not elaborate during the third session of the leader’s summit on the resort island of Bali on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The statement came after a missile strike on Polish soil, near its border with Ukraine, on Tuesday local time or early Wednesday here. At least two people were killed, according to reports.
“To start this third session, allow me to repeat my statement in the opening of this summit yesterday. Stop the war. I repeat, stop the war,” Jokowi told leaders of the major economies, who will discuss issues on digital transformation.
Jokowi said that armed conflicts will put many things at stake. People will bear the brunt of the war, while the world economy will not recover if the situation gets worse.
“As leaders, we all have a responsibility to ensure a conducive global situation for the future,” Jokowi said.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told G20 leaders Wednesday there was a "terrorist state" among them, accusing Russia of a missile strike on Poland that killed two people, according to the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Speaking by video link, Zelensky called the strike "a true statement brought by Russia for the G20 summit", AFP stated.
Poland has said there is no clear evidence of who launched the missile.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not participate in the third session of the G20 Summit meeting today.
A spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Teuku Faizasyah said that Minister Lavrov had returned to Russia on Tuesday evening, Nov. 15.
Following the missile strike, the G7 (Group of Seven) countries held an emergency meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali.
“We follow the development that the G7 have conducted their emergency meeting. It’s part of the dynamic during the international conference,” Faizasyah told journalists on Wednesday.
The emergency meeting attended by the NATO and G7 leaders in Bali was also confirmed by the European Council in a joint statement issued on Wednesday.
“We condemn the barbaric missile attacks that Russia perpetrated on Ukrainian cities and civilian infrastructure on Tuesday,” according to the joint statement.
“We discussed the explosion that took place in the eastern part of Poland near the border with Ukraine. We offer our full support for and assistance with Poland’s ongoing investigation. We agree to remain in close touch to determine appropriate next steps as the investigation proceeds.”
Present during the meeting was leaders of Canada, the European Council, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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