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Political expert Mahda explains why Putin and Xi Jinping ignored G20

11 September, 2023 Monday

Yevhen Mahda, Executive Director of the Institute of World Policy, believes that Putin and Xi Jinping are demonstrating their opposition to the democratic world

He said this on the Espreso TV channel.

"The absence of Putin and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit indicates that in this way they are opposing themselves to the democratic world. In the Western media, there was a caricature where Putin and Xi Jinping, after a party in the same bed, are watching on TV what is happening at the G20. In other words, they showed that they will play with the BRICS, and others will adapt," Mahda said.

According to the director of the Institute of World Policy, the coordinated political position of Moscow and Beijing precedes Putin's visit to the One Belt and One Road forum to be held in China in October.

"It will be a visit of a vassal to the suzerain. That is, Putin will come to report to Xi Jinping on the situation in Russia, including the progress of the war with Ukraine," Mahda emphasized.

The G20 Summit in India: What is known

On August 10, the world media speculated that Russian President Putin might personally attend the G20 summit in India, despite the fact that on March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for him.

On August 15, it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been invited to the G20 summit to be held in New Delhi on September 9-10, but the list of invitees does not include representatives of Ukraine.

On August 16, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar confirmed during a meeting with international media that Ukraine had not been invited to the summit.

It is worth noting that Ukraine was invited to the last G20 summit in Indonesia. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy then presented the Peace Formula to the participants of the meeting for the first time via video link.

On August 25, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a briefing that Putin would not attend the G20 summit to be held in India in September.  Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has already announced that he will not go to New Delhi and will send Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

On August 31, the media reported that the G20 summit in India would most likely be held without Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Later, US President Joe Biden said he was disappointed by reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping would probably not attend the G20 summit in India.

On Tuesday, September 5, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the information spread in the media that President Xi Jinping would not attend the G20 summit in India.

The European Union plans to take advantage of the absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin from the G20 summit in India to endorse the African Union's application for permanent membership in the Group of Twenty. Subsequently, New Delhi recognized the African Union as a permanent member of the G20.

Later, it was noted that Ukraine hopes that the G20 summit participants will condemn Russian aggression in the final communiqué: Russia's participation in the discussion complicates the process.

On the morning of September 9, the G20 summit participants failed to resolve their differences on the wording of the final declaration regarding Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

On the same day, the G20 summit participants adopted a final declaration: in it, "all states" called for peace, but did not condemn Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said that Ukraine is grateful to its partners who "tried to include strong language in the declaration." According to him, however, the G20 has nothing to be proud of in the part on Russia's aggression against Ukraine, as it is obvious that the participation of the Ukrainian side would have allowed the participants to better understand the situation.

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