India’s Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankarminimized the absence of the presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putinand from China, Xi Jinpingat the summit of leaders of the G20 which will take place this weekend in New Delhi.
He stressed that the positions of these leaders will be represented by the delegates they send in their place.
“At different times of the G20 there have been some presidents or prime ministers who, for whatever reason, have chosen not to attend. But that country and its position is reflected by whoever is the representative on that occasion,” the Indian minister said during an interview with the Indian news agency. ANI.
Until now, the Indian government had remained silent on the absence of Putin and Xi in the G20 summit. However, Jaishankar made it clear that this decision is not related to India and expressed his belief that the absent leaders made the best decision in their judgment.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with India, I think whatever decision they made, they know better,” Jaishankar said.
Vladimir Putin’s absence at this summit was confirmed two weeks ago by the Kremlin. In his place will be attended by the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrovrepeating the same dynamic that occurred at the G20 summit the previous year.
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping They are two of the leaders who have participated the most in G20 summits in the past. However, Putin has chosen to be absent from the last two editions since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
As for China, it was recently announced that Xi Jinping he would not attend this summit either, marking his first absence since he assumed the presidency in 2013. In the 2020 and 2021 editions, Xi was also not present in person due to the restrictions of the COVID-19. li qiangthe Chinese prime minister, will replace him this time in New Delhi.
The absence of Xi Jinping occurs at a time when the bilateral relations between chinese and indian They are going through one of the worst crises in decades, despite the public efforts of both parties to reduce tensions on their border.
Bilateral relations were seriously deteriorated after a border clash in the galwan valley in June 2020, in the western Himalayas, the worst in 45 years among nuclear powers, in which at least 20 Indian soldiers died and 76 were injured, while Beijing acknowledged four dead and one seriously injured.
In addition, the absence of Xi at this summit prevents a meeting with the US president, Joe Bidenat a time when relations between China and the United States have been marked by disagreements and tensions, such as the incident of the chinese spy balloon that flew over the United States and the differences around Taiwan.
(With information from EFE)