Truss and Sunak continue to oppose Russia’s participation in G20 November Summit but applaud Zelensky’s invitation

UK comments on Russia’s role at G20

Britain calls for Russia to be barred from the G20 summit, after Liz Truss pledged to confront Vladimir Putin at the event

UK comments on Russia's role at G20

The British government has suggested that Russia should not be allowed to attend November’s G20 summit in Bali.

“Russia has no moral right to sit at the G20 while its aggression in Ukraine persists,” a spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office insisted, according to Reuters.

The statement also reportedly praised Indonesia, the summit’s host, for its efforts “to ensure that the impacts of Russia’s war are considered in G20 meetings” while welcoming the decision to invite Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to the meeting.

Ukraine – Europe’s poorest country, measured per capita – is not one of the world’s twenty leading economies.

The latest anti-Russia salvo from the UK comes after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said last month she would be ready to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin at the event.

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I would go there, and I would call Putin out,” she said at the time.

Liz Truss is the leading contender to replace outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the other leadership hopeful being former chancellor Rishi Sunak.

On Friday, Sunak’s representative also called on the G20 to bar Vladimir Putin from its summits over the Ukraine conflict. Commenting on his statement, Truss’ team reiterated her previous position on the matter.

Earlier, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said both Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping had confirmed that they would personally attend the group’s summit.

Indonesia, which holds the rotating presidency, has been under considerable pressure to exclude the Russian leader from the gathering. However, Jakarta has refused to budge, with its foreign ministry saying in March that it would “remain impartial” and invite all members as planned.


4 Responses to “Truss and Sunak continue to oppose Russia’s participation in G20 November Summit but applaud Zelensky’s invitation”

  1. Belyi says:

    One of the world’s leading economies and pretty soon to be THE world’s leading economy should be excluded from a meeting with its peers. So what is the reason?

    Ukraine, Europe’s poorest country and by far the most corrupt has earned a seat at the table. So these two idiots who consider they are prime minister material should explain their reasoning on that one.

    The very fact that they have made the suggestion shows they are totally unfit for any kind of office and this has been evident from the start.

    • Gordon says:

      “should explain their reasoning”. The reason Belyi is simple, they have been given the dictates. If they don’t comply to the rules the don’t get the job.

      • Belyi says:

        Yes, I know that. But I’d like to know what excuse they could make for spouting such preposterous nonsense.

  2. danceaway says:

    These two are completely out of their depth; how Russia keeps a straight place when dealing with them is always at the back of my mind!