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Joe Biden wants Russia kicked out of G-20 over war in Ukraine

Russia should be removed from the Group of 20 nations, President Joe Biden said from Belgium on Thursday as world leaders gathered to confront Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

“My answer is yes,” Biden said of Russia’s withdrawal, “but it depends on the G-20.”

If other nations, like Indonesia, disagree, Biden suggested that Ukraine be invited to attend the next summit.

The G-20 brings together the world’s largest economies, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and the European Union ― which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urgently sought to join without success.

The next meeting to discuss economic and trade issues affecting the group is scheduled to take place in October in Bali, Indonesia, under the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”.

Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobieva said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin planned to attend.

Vorobieva claimed that the “reaction of the West” to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine “is absolutely disproportionate”.

Russia faces a wide variety of sanctions, both from Western governments and private companies, the scale of which would have come as a shock to Putin. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov admitted this week that the Kremlin had not anticipated the extent of the sanctions.

Responding to a reporter’s claim that, despite all the sanctions, the West has still failed to “deter” Putin’s aggression, Biden said the reporter was missing the point.

“Keeping the sanctions, increasing the pain…that’s what will stop it,” Biden said, urging NATO nations and G-7 allies to stand united against Russia.




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