Biden should meet Putin, Xi at G20 summit to prevent ‘possibility of 3rd world war’: Indonesia’s Yudhoyono
- ‘Europe and East Asia can breathe a sigh of relief’ if the US president meets the leaders of Russia and China in Bali next month, ex-leader says
- Indonesia on Wednesday voted in favour of a UN General Assembly motion condemning Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories
Yudhoyono said although the international community was more divided than ever when compared to the height of the Cold War, the chances of a third world war were thin then. But “there is a real possibility of WWIII now if no effort is taken to prevent it from happening”, he said.
Yudhoyono took aim at countries that had sought to avoid picking sides over the Ukraine war, saying “neutrality wasn’t necessarily wrong, but abstaining was”.
Meanwhile, Moscow’s ambassador to Jakarta, Lyudmila Vorobieva, said Putin still intends to attend the Bali meeting but will give his final decision closer to the event due to security concerns.
Security sources in Thailand, the host of this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, this week told the Bangkok Post that Putin had accepted an invitation to attend the meeting. It will take place days after the Bali G20 summit.
Thailand’s Foreign Ministry has asked security agencies to make security arrangement for the November 18-19 meeting, the newspaper said. Xi is also expected to attend the Bangkok summit.
Biden, asked if he would meet Putin at the G20, said he did not see a good reason for a sit-down with the Kremlin chief.
“It would depend on specifically what he wanted to talk about,” Biden told CNN on Wednesday.