Kyodo: G20 joint photoshoot cancelled. Several leaders refused to be photographed next to Russia’s foreign minister

The traditional joint photoshoot for all G20 representatives has been cancelled at this year’s summit in Indonesia, Kyodo reports, citing sources in the Indonesian government.

According to Kyodo, the decision was made after several world leaders refused to be pictured together with Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister.

TASS notes that this is a first in the history of G20. However, the same decision was made at the G20 foreign minister meeting in July 2022.

Kyodo then reported that the symbolic joint photoshoot had to be scrapped after several participants rejected the idea of standing next to Lavrov. “As for meetings with me and statements that they won’t be photographed with me, I never invited anyone for a photoshoot,” Russia’s top diplomat said then.

The G20 summit will be held on 15-16 November. It emerged last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not travel to Indonesia, sending Lavrov in his place.

Bloomberg earlier wrote that this decision would allow Putin to avoid confrontation with world leaders, particularly with US President Joe Biden who earlier branded the Russian president as a “war criminal”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will participate in the G20 event online. He previously refused to take part in the summit if Putin was to attend it.

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