Indonesian President to visit Russia, Ukraine

JAKARTA: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Moscow and Kiev respectively by the end of June,  Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

According to Retno, Widodo would talk about the food crisis brought on by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine during the visit.

The "special visits" would demonstrate Indonesia's "active response" to the ongoing geopolitical situation as the host nation of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in November.

In addition to Ukraine being invited as a guest nation, Indonesia fully anticipated that Russia, a G20 member, would attend the conference.

"We completely recognise that the situation presently is incredibly complicated, and all of the countries in the world know that. Thus, through their travels, the president aims to contribute to overcoming the food crisis that has been caused by the war and has harmed the underprivileged countries. The President wants to push for the spirit of peace," Retno stated.

She emphasised that since the crisis started in February, President Widodo would be the first president from Southeast Asia to visit both nations.

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