“I can confirm that [o ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros russo] Sergey Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation to the G20. President Putin’s plan is still being implemented and he will be able to participate in a virtual way,” said Yulia Tomskaya, Head of Protocol at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia.
A summit of G20 heads of state and government is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 and 16, with US and Chinese presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in attendance, respectively.
Indonesia came under strong pressure from the West to exclude Russia from the summit because of its invasion of Ukraine, but resisted, arguing that the host country should remain neutral.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is not a member of the G20, is expected to attend the summit, having been invited by Indonesia.
Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, launched on February 24, has already displaced more than 13 million people — more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.5 million to European countries — according to the latest UN data, ranking the refugee crisis Europe’s worst since World War II (1939-1945). .
The Russian invasion – justified by Putin with the need to “denazify” and militarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the generality of the international community, which responded by sending arms to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.
Since the start of the war, 6,114 civilians have been killed and 9,132 injured, with the UN stressing that these numbers are much lower than the actual number.