The President of Indonesia goes to reconcile Zelensky and Putin

The President of Indonesia is going to reconcile Zelensky and Putin

One of these days, Indonesian President Joko Widodo will visit Ukraine, after which, on June 30, he will go on a peacekeeping mission to Moscow. He calls on Vladimir Putin not only for a complete ceasefire, but also for a solution to the global food crisis, which is impossible without unblocking Ukrainian ports and resuming exports of fertilizers from Russia.

“War must be stopped and global food supply chains must be restarted,” Joko Widodo stressed. He wants to call on Presidents Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky to “open space for dialogue.”

Indonesia is the new “Asian tiger”

And the voice of the leader of this country can be heard, since this state has a certain weight. No wonder Joko Widodo was even invited to the G7 summit in Germany this year.

In addition, Indonesia is called the “new Asian tiger”, whose economy is demonstrating very high rates of development. This country follows an export-oriented industrialization model and a combination of high-tech development and economic development. Indonesia is also included in the G-11 list of countries with high economic potential due to their rapid growth and large population. Indonesia is one of the most economically promising developing countries.

And as a result, Indonesia is included in the “Big Twenty” – the club of countries with the most developed and developing economies. Moreover, this country will chair and host the G20 summit on the island of Bali, which will be held on November 15-16, 2022.

And Indonesian President Joko Widodo invited Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to it.

– I am grateful for the invitation to take part in the G20 summit, the Ukrainian leader confirmed.

For Ukraine, but not quite

But this invitation does not mean that Indonesia and its leadership intend to distance themselves from Russia. Joko Widodo also invited President Vladimir Putin to the G20 summit, and he accepted the invitation. Russia is already a member of the G20, but this year, because of the aggression against Ukraine, world leaders intend to boycott its participation in the summit.

Bloomberg reports that most of the G20 countries tried to persuade Indonesia (which chairs this year) not to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the summit.

US President Joe Biden advocates Russia's exclusion from the G20 and has already made it clear that he will not come to the summit in Indonesia if President Putin is there. The US administration welcomes the decision of Indonesia to invite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the G20 meeting, but while the invitation of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin remains in force, US President Joe Biden's participation in the summit is in doubt.

In addition, President Joko Widodo rejected a request for the supply of weapons from the President of Ukraine back in April.

“I emphasize that, in accordance with the mandate of the Indonesian constitution and the principles of Indonesian foreign policy, it is forbidden to provide assistance in the form of weapons to other countries,” the president said. He only offered humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Joko Widodo also opposes sanctions on Russian fertilizers.

– We must focus on the fact that Russian supplies are not subject to sanctions, – Joko Widodo said at the session of the G7 summit (quoted by TASS). He urged to establish communication with banks, insurance companies, carriers, “to convince them that there are no restrictions on supplies.”

Expert opinion

Vadim Karasev, political scientist

– A meeting between Zelensky and Putin is very possible at the G20 summit. This was discussed yesterday at the G7 meeting in Germany as part of Zelensky's statement that he expects to end this war by the end of the year. Therefore, in the coming months there will be an escalation at the front, in September-October there will be a culmination of the war. Our big offensive is planned to strengthen the negotiating position. And in November, at the G20 summit, just the time for Zelensky to meet with Putin. And then we can expect a decrease in the degree of tension at the front and a truce. Therefore, the West is unlikely to block the G20 summit.

Vladimir Fesenko, political scientist

– The meeting between Zelensky and Putin is a big question. It is not known whether the Russian president will go there. He is known for his paranoia about foreign visits. If it would be necessary to meet there with the leader of China, Xi Jinping, then he might have gone. Or vice versa, he can go there in spite of the West, which wants to boycott the summit because of his participation.

As for Vladimir Zelensky's visit to Indonesia, his likelihood is even less. Since the beginning of the war, he has not traveled anywhere, he needs to be in the country. He did not even go to the G7 summit where he was invited. So the chance of them-meeting now is low.

Indonesian President goes to reconcile Zelensky and Putin

Joko – rocker president Dossier KP < p> So who is Joko Widodo himself? He is quite a bright and remarkable personality. He was born in 1961 in the city of Surakarta in a Javanese family. At birth, the boy was named Muliono, but due to the fact that the child was often sick, his parents changed him to Joko Widodo, where “Widodo” means “healthy” in Javanese.

After winning the presidential election in 2014, he expressed a desire to be called by his nickname – Jokowi. The president of the fourth most populous country in the world said that calling him by the name Joko would be inconvenient, and “Mr. Widodo or President Widodo” would sound strange. “President Jokowi, or simply Jokowi” is the name preferred by the President of Indonesia.

Indonesian media have revealed that the nickname “Jokowi” was given to the future president by a Frenchman who was his client when Joko Widodo was a businessman selling furniture. A foreigner named Bernard contacted several people named Joko in Indonesia and suggested that Widodo add the particle “vi” from the surname to the name in order to stand out among them.

But as a child, due to the poverty of his parents, he was forced to earn a living by working as a street peddler and loader. Having learned carpentry from his father, he made souvenirs for sale, and later – furniture. In 1985, he graduated from Gadja Mada University with a degree in forestry engineering. After graduating from the university, he worked for a short time in a state-owned woodworking company, then started his own business in the same area. By the early 2000s, he was in charge of a large furniture company.

In 2005, he was elected mayor of Surakarta. Under his leadership, large-scale socio-economic and administrative transformations were carried out in the city. The reforms carried out significantly strengthened the reputation of the city not only at the national, but also at the regional level. In 2012, he received the 3rd Class World Mayor's Award for “transforming a crime-ridden city into a regional center of culture and arts and a tourist attraction.”

The same year, Jokowi became Governor Jakarta. Then he won the next presidential election, held on July 9, 2014. According to The Economist, Jokowi enjoys listening to rock music at high volumes and once owned a guitar autographed by members of Metallica.

Married. Jokowi's wife's name is Iriana, they have three children – Gibran Rakabooming, Kahiyang Ayu and Kaesang Pangarep.

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