Wants to speak with Western leaders: Russia is discussing Putin's participation in the G20 summit
Russia is talking about Russian President Vladimir Putin's desire to take part in the G20 summit organized by India next week. It will be held in a virtual format.
The reason for the Russian leader's desire to join the summit, Russian officials said, is his intention to "engage with Western leaders." This was stated in the propaganda program "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" on the Russia-1 TV channel, as reported by BILD.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to participate in the virtual G20 summit organized by India next week. This was announced by the host of the program 'Moscow. Kremlin. Putin on Russia-1 TV channel, propagandist Pavel Zarubin. He noted that Vladimir Putin will thus be able to engage with Western leaders for the first time in a long time," the statement said.
It was known in advance that the next summit would be held in a virtual format. However, before this statement by the Kremlin propagandist, it was unclear who would represent Russia at the summit.
In September, at the G20 summit in New Delhi, the Russian delegation was led by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
BILD also reports that Putin, after a long absence from foreign travel, is going to leave Russia again. Next week, he will reportedly travel to Minsk to participate in an "event along the CSTO line." After that, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon will arrive in Moscow to meet with the Russian leader.
Earlier, Putin made a cynical statement about the war with Ukraine. Speaking at a cultural forum in St. Petersburg, he said that he could not have imagined that he would have to start a full-scale war in Ukraine.
"If they had told me then (before 2014 - Ed.), I would have asked: 'Are you crazy?