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Widodo tries to mediate between Kyiv and Moscow

In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, right, shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Widodo, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations, is currently on a tour to Ukraine and Russia for meetings with the leaders of the two warring nations following a visit to Germany to attend the Group of Seven summit. (Laily Rachev, Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

 Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s trip to Ukraine and Russia ended today.

Yesterday, the Indonesian leader met with in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while the day before he visited his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Widodo, who this year chairs the G20 forum, said he hoped food and fertiliser supply lines would be restored, after they were disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“I really appreciate President Putin who said earlier that he will provide security guarantee for food and fertiliser supplies from both Russia and Ukraine. This is good news,” Widodo said.

The Indonesian leader also urged G7 leaders to ensure that sanctions against Russia do not affect food and fertiliser supplies.

The war in Ukraine has disrupted global trade, raising wheat prices, as supplies are stuck in Ukraine’s ports.

During the joint press conference, Putin denied that Russia is blocking Ukrainian exports.

“The Ukrainian military has mined the approaches to their ports,” the Russian leader said, “No one prevents them from clearing those mines and we guarantee the safety of shipping grain out of there.”

As chair of the G20 forum, Widodo is seeking to mend fences within the group after some countries threatened to boycott the summit if Russia participated.

Widodo is also trying to leverage his position as a non-aligned country to broker an agreement.

Yesterday he claimed to have conveyed a message from Zelensky to Putin, noting that Indonesia is willing to serve as a “communication bridge” between the two leaders, but did not say what was in the message.

Source : Asia News