Removing Russia from the G20 itself would need a consensus from members – including China – leaving traditionally non-aligned Indonesia in a difficult position as it weighs up the seating plan for Bali.
Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age last week that the summit must be used as an arena to try and achieve peace in eastern Europe and for that reason required the involvement of both Russia and Ukraine.
Zelensky also thanked Joko for Indonesia’s “support of [Ukraine’s] sovereignty and territorial integrity, in particular for a clear position in the UN”.
Indonesia has been criticised for not singling out Russia and Putin publicly as the aggressor in the war, but it was a signatory to a United Nations resolution last month calling for Russia to “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders”.
Rizal Sukma, a former Indonesian diplomat and political analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said the invitation to Ukraine “reflects Indonesia’s intention to try to secure the participation of all G20 members to the summit in Bali, and creates an opportunity for Russia and Ukraine to try find ways to achieve peace.”
At last week’s G20 finance ministers meeting in Washington DC, delegates from the US, Britain and Canada walked out when Russia’s representatives were speaking.
– with Reuters