Putin to attend G20 Summit, first time when Russian President and Western leaders will be on same stage

In a major development, the Kremlin, on Sunday, reportedly said that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the much-awaited G20 Summit virtually. The summit is scheduled for November 22 in the national capital, New Delhi, where the leaders of the Group of 20 nations are due to attend via video-conferencing. Quoting the Rossiya 1 TV channel, Russian news outlet, Sputnik said Putin is expected to take part in the virtual G-20 summit.

“After a long time, the Russian president and Western leaders can finally participate in the same event. Next week there will be a virtual G-20 summit. And Vladimir Putin is expected to take part in it,” Putin’s programme on the Russia 1 TV channel reported on Sunday.

The meeting is considered crucial as it will be held at a time when the world has been witnessing dual conflicts– the Russia-Ukraine war and the Israel-Hamas war.

India has already sent invitations to leaders of the G20 member nations for the virtual summit. It is learnt that India will focus on its development agenda for the grouping with a focus on challenges being faced by the Global South or the developing countries. There will be no joint outcome document at the end of the summit.