Justin Trudeau says Russian President Vladimir Putin should not have a chair on the G20 table for the next summit in Indonesia on November 15 and 16.
“I can not see leaders like me sitting around the same table as Vladimir Putin pretending that everything is fine and capable of working together,” the prime minister said earlier in the day.
“We can not pretend it’s normal. If he does not want to be here this year, that’s the first question.
The G20 – or group of twenty – brings together the twenty countries that make up the bulk of the planet’s economy, including the United States, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and many European countries.
These summits are aimed at bringing together the leaders of these countries to discuss the growth of the world economy.
Mr Trudeau said he had raised the issue directly with the Indonesian president, saying “there is no point in discussing global economic growth when the table is around pretending to be contributing too much to the uprising.” .
For his part, Vladimir Putin said a week ago that he had no intention of rejecting the invitation, but that he would remain “neutral” in the face of calls by the Southeast Asian nation to exclude Russia.
The Prime Minister of Australia, a neighbor of Indonesia and a member of the G20, agreed with its Western allies.
“Russia has invaded Ukraine. It is a violent and aggressive act that violates the rules of international law. And the idea of sitting around the table with Vladimir Putin … goes a long way in my view,” he told a news conference last week, according to the agency France-Press.
“This will be a big issue for many countries around the table, including Russia and Canada. I do not think we can sit around the table with Russia, but these are conversations that need to be talked about,” Justin Trudeau said.