Russian President Vladimir Putin may attend the G-20 summit in India in September, according to news agencies reports. “It cannot be ruled out,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when asked if Putin’s participation in the summit in India in September was being considered. “But no decision has been made yet,” Peskov was quoted as saying by the state-run Tass news agency.
The Group of 20 (G20) is an intergovernmental forum comprising the world’s major developed and developing economies. The G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in New Delhi on September 9 and 10.
The members represent the global GDP, and global trade around 85 per cent and 75 per cent respectively, and about two- thirds of the world population. The grouping comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union (EU).
Last December, India took over the G20 presidency. During this time, over 200 meetings will be held in 55 different locations across the country. It will culminate in September of this year with a summit in the nation’s capital.
Formally, India invited Putin to the G-20 summit, which he accepted. But, under pressure from the US and its allies over the war, Putin cancelled his plans to attend the gathering in Indonesia and was replaced by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He also skipped the G-20 meeting in Rome last year while planning his invasion of Ukraine.