MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation to take part in the G20 summit in Indonesia in November, his aide announced Monday.
But the decision about the format — in-person attendance or videoconference — has not been made yet, Yury Ushakov was reported as saying in a press briefing in Moscow by Anadolu Agency.
“Yes, we have confirmed (his) participation. They have invited (him) to an offline meeting, but there is a lot of time. I hope that the pandemic will allow this important forum to be held in an offline format,” he said.
He noted that Indonesia sent an official invitation despite strong pressure from Western countries.
The format of participation will be discussed at Putin’s meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who will pay an official visit to Russia on June 30, Ushakov noted.
“We thanked (Indonesia) for the invitation and said we would be interested in participating. There’s still a lot of time. We’ll see. So far, that’s it,” he added. – BERNAMA