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The Kremlin explained Putin’s refusal to go to the G20 summit by the need for him to be in Russia

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will not go to the G20 summit in Bali, and this is his personal decision. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov drew attention to this.

According to him, Putin needs to be in Russia. On Friday, November 11, reports RIA News. “It was the decision of the head of state, connected with his schedule,” the press secretary of the Russian leader said. Thus, he answered the question of journalists why Putin will not take part in the G20 summit in person.

Peskov also stressed that the Russian president does not plan to address the participants of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit online. Putin does not intend to record a video message to the participants of the G20 summit, the Kremlin spokesman concluded.

The Federation Council said earlier that Putin’s decision not to go to the G20 summit is not unusual. The event will take place November 15-16 in Bali. Some Western countries have proposed excluding Russia from the G20. However, other states, including Indonesia, the host country of the summit, ruled out such a move.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov will head Russian delegation at the G20 summit. There is no information yet about who will be included in its composition.

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