Sun 26 June 2022:
Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia and the G20 chairman, left for Europe on Sunday. He said he would travel to Russia and Ukraine and meet with the leaders of both nations to call for peace talks.
Widodo left for Germany to attend the G7 conference as a guest on June 26 and 27. He will next travel to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, to meet Volodymyr Zelensky.
“The mission is to ask… President Zelensky to open a dialogue forum for peace, to build peace because the war has to be stopped,” he told a press conference in Jakarta.
The two leaders will also discuss the food supply chain “that needs to be reactivated” soon, Widodo said. From Kyiv, Widodo is scheduled to visit Moscow and meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
The visit to Moscow is planned for June 30, Indonesian authorities said earlier.
“With the same mission, I will ask President Putin to open a dialogue and to immediately have a ceasefire and to stop the war,” he said. Earlier in April Widodo announced he had called Zelensky and invited him to join world leaders at G20 Summit in Bali in November 2022 as a guest.
This year, Indonesia is the G20’s rotating president, and the country has come under pressure from Western countries, particularly the United States, to keep Russia out of the summit.
In response to Zelensky’s plea, Widodo declined to deploy weaponry to Ukraine and offered humanitarian help instead.
Widodo will leave Europe after his trip is over and travel to the UAE before coming home to Indonesia.
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