The Pentagon said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “absolutely should not” participate in this year’s G20 summit in Indonesia.
“The [Putin] has isolated Russia by its own actions and the international community should continue to isolate Russia,” said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby. saying during an appearance on CNN.
Kirby said he believes it is “inappropriate” for the international community to “continue to treat Russia as if things were normal, because [they’re] no,” referring to Putin’s decision on February 24 to invade Ukraine.
“Putin has isolated himself and should still continue to suffer the consequences of his actions in Ukraine,” the spokesman said.
Kirby declined to comment on whether the Biden administration viewed inviting Putin to attend the G20 summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali this fall as a “mistake.”
In March, US President Joe Biden said that Russia should be removed from the G20 over the invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier on Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the current chairman of the Group of 20, said in a statement that Putin had told him during a phone call that he would attend the conference.
Indonesia currently holds the rotating presidency of the G20.
During the phone call between the two leaders, Putin “provided an update on the situation in Ukraine, including the ongoing negotiation process between Russia and Ukraine,” Widodo said in a statement from the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java.
“Putin expressed his appreciation for the invitation to the G20 summit and said he would attend,” he said.
Widodo added that he had also invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the G20 conference, confirming an April 27 statement by the Ukrainian leader on Twitter that he had been asked to attend.
Zelensky thanked the Indonesian president for the invitation, but did not say whether he accepted or would accept his invitation.
Biden said on March 24 that he supported Russia’s removal from the G20 over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, when pressed on the issue during a meeting with world leaders in Brussels.
“My answer is yes, but it depends on the G20,” Biden said.
After Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Russia was expelled from the Group of Eight industrialized countries.
The G20 includes developing economies, and its members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey. , the USA and the EU. Spain is invited as a permanent guest.
The G20 summit is scheduled for mid-November.
news week has contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry and the White House for comment.
Update 04/29/22, 9:51 am ET: This article has been updated with additional citations and background information.