Russian finance minister to attend G20 meeting virtually, Indonesia says

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov speaks during a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum “Russia Calling!” in Moscow, Russia, November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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JAKARTA, April 14 (Reuters) – Indonesia, host of the G20, said on Thursday that Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov had confirmed that he planned to attend next week’s meeting of finance and finance ministers virtually. central bank governors of the Group of 20 major economies.

Indonesian Finance Ministry official Wemp Saputra also told a briefing that Jakarta was considering inviting Ukraine to the meeting, which will be held on April 20 in Washington “to discuss the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on global economic conditions”.

“We don’t have the capacity not to invite (any member),” Wempi said. “As chair, Indonesia has invited all members, and so far some have confirmed physical attendance and others virtually.”

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The question of Russia joining the G20 has divided the group, with strong calls from Western nations for it to be excluded, but support for Moscow to remain members, including China.

Last week, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Russia should be kicked out of the G20 and warned the US would boycott some G20 meetings if Russian officials show up. Read more

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner added his voice to Yellen’s in rejecting any form of cooperation with Russia at the G20 level.

“Russia today is no longer a country you can interact with like it used to be,” Lindner said. “We assume that the G20 will take place next week and we will send a clear political message.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his troops to Ukraine on February 24 for what he calls a “special military operation” aimed at demilitarizing the country. Ukraine and the West say Putin has launched an unprovoked war of aggression.

Moscow said Putin intended to attend the G20 summit in Bali in November. Read more

Indonesia, which will also host a G20 finance meeting in July, said Jakarta’s stance was one of neutrality and that it intended to use its leadership at the G20 to try to resolve economic issues. global.

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Reporting by Gayatri Suroyo; Additional reporting by Christian Kraemer in Berlin; Editing by Ed Davies and David Holmes

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