Indonesian President Joko Widodo is traveling to Russia and Ukraine next week. Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi announced today that the politician will meet with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The Southeast Asian island state holds the G-20 presidency this year.
First, Widodo will attend the G-7 summit on June 26-27 at Schloss Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The minister did not say exactly when he would travel to Moscow and Kyiv.
“The visit is a demonstration of the President’s humanitarian concerns and part of efforts to address the food crisis caused by the war, the effects of which are being felt in all countries,” Marsudi said. Widodo is the first head of state from Asia to visit the two countries since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.
Indonesia has not publicly criticized Russia for the invasion. The country has also failed to comply with calls from the US and other Western countries to expel Russia from the G-20. However, the government invited Zelenskyy to the G-20 summit in Bali in November, even though Ukraine is not a member.