Ice in Kiev: Putin returns to the G20 Summit

Ice in Kiev: Putin returns to the G20 Summit
Ice in Kiev: Putin returns to the G20 Summit

Bad news for the government of Kiev and personally for the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky: for the first time after the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president Vladimir Putin will talk with Western leaders, even via video conference, in the framework of the G20.

This online forum will be held on Wednesday and will be a virtual Summit hosted by India. No cosmogony will happen there, but the symbolism of Putin’s involvement is huge and will have a direct impact on Kiev, negative of course. Putin’s participation was officially announced by Russian state television and was not denied by the Indians.

Ukraine’s prominent Western allies, the leaders of the G20 European countries (Italy, France and Germany), will sit at the virtual round table, as a representative of the European Council, its president, Charles Michel, as well as the president of the Commission, Ursula von der Laien, “I had recently embraced Zelensky in Kiev” as Repubblica wrote with some piquancy.

Zelensky himself was not invited to the Summit in which the Ukrainian issue will be discussed, just as he was not invited to the previous G20, last September in New Delhi, where Chinese President Xi Jinping did not appear, nor, of course, Putin, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court with an arrest warrant since last March.

Already since then, since the G20 Summit in the Indian capital, Kiev’s expectations have frozen. The club’s final statement, signed by China and Russia, said that “all states must refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of any state”, but he did not condemn Russia. The Italians wrote that “the international climate has changed” and that this change was immediately understood by Kiev.

At last year’s November G20 Summit in Bali, Zelensky was one of the protagonists. Yes, yes “he had the luxury of threatening not to attend if Putin was present.” Then he presented the ten-point peace proposal that became the basis of Kiev’s strategy.

Its cornerstone is that Russia, the aggressor country, is excluded from the negotiations. It can only ratify Ukraine’s agreement with the rest of the world, i.e. the victory of Kiev, the handover of Donbass and Crimea to the government of Kiev and the return of Russia to the 1991 borders.

The head of the African Union, nine host countries and 11 international organizations will also be present at the teleconference the day after tomorrow. “For the Ukrainian presidency, the decline of consensus [σ.σ.: των φιλικών της δυνάμεων»] it’s a very hard blow”.

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