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Indonesian leader to visit Russia and Ukraine

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo plans to meet with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine after the G-7 summit in Germany later this month.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Wednesday that Widodo will travel to Kyiv and Moscow after attending the G-7 summit in the Bavarian village of Elmau on June 26-27.

“The president’s visits are evidence of his concern for humanitarian issues, his attempts to contribute to the solution of the food crisis caused by the war and its consequences, which are felt by all countries, especially developing countries and low-income countries,” Marsudi said.

In April, Widodo formally invited Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to a summit of the leading rich and developing countries, known as the Group of 20, on the resort island of Bali. He said that the meeting would be a catalyst for the restoration of peace after the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the war in Ukraine.

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