Indonesian President offers to take a message from Ukrainian leaders to Putin

Indonesian President Joko Widodo shakes hands with Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky during a meeting on June 29, 2022, at the Presidential Residence in Kieu, Ukraine, as Russia continues to attack Ukraine. — Distribution of Indonesian Presidential Palace via Reuters

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:51 pm MYT

Kyiv, June 29-Indonesian President Joko Widodo has today offered to send a message from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to raise hopes for peace.

Immediately during the meeting in Kieu, how Zelensky responded to Jokowi’s offer (as President Widodo knows), or whether Ukrainian leaders had a message he wanted to send to Putin. Was not clear.

Jokowi is the chair of a group of 20 countries and six leaders appointed by the United Nations as “champions” of the Global Crisis Response Group formed to address the threat of hunger and poverty posed by the war in Ukraine. Is one of them.

After visiting Ukraine, Jokowi said he would go to Moscow to meet Putin and urge the Russian president to agree to a ceasefire. Peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv have been frozen, with both blaming the other.

“It’s very difficult to achieve, but I have expressed the importance of the peace resolution,” Jokowi said after meeting Zelensky. “President Zelensky has offered to deliver a message to Putin. President Putin will meet soon.”

Before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Ukraine was one of Indonesia’s largest wheat suppliers, but Russia’s maritime blockade stopped exports of Kyiv’s Black Sea grain and caused a global food crisis. Was threatened.

Jokowi said he has promised to tackle rising and shortages in food and energy prices since Russia’s invasion.

“Every effort must be made to enable Ukraine to resume food exports,” he said in Kieu, emphasizing the need for security assurance, especially for Ukrainian food delivery at sea.

Jokowi, who arrived in Kieu from Poland by train on Wednesday morning, repeatedly invited Zelensky to the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia in November.

He also visited the town of Irpin, where Ukraine suspects Russian soldiers have committed atrocities. Moscow has denied that claim. — Reuters Indonesian President offers to take a message from Ukrainian leaders to Putin

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