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Could Biden and Putin Meet at the G-20 Summit?

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Image: Russian Presidential Administration Website.

White House Attempting to Avoid Biden-Putin Meeting At G-20 Summit: After White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed last week that President Joe Biden would not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G-20 summit, Politico reported on Wednesday that the White House is taking steps to ensure that the two men don’t cross paths at all.

Why Won’t Biden and Putin Meet?

Politico reported on Wednesday that the White House is taking “every step possible” to ensure that President Joe Biden does not encounter Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G-20 summit in Indonesia.

The news comes a week after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suggested that the president would not seek out a meeting with the Russian leader, even to discuss the controversial imprisonment of American basketball player Brittney Gringer.

According to Wednesday’s report, White House officials are working to ensure that the U.S. president doesn’t even encounter the Russian president in a hallway and that the two leaders do not appear in the same photograph together. That being said, the possibility of the two men attending the same plenary gathering could not be ruled out.

The G-20 summit is expected to begin in Bali on November 15 and end the day after. Leaders are expected to discuss efforts to resolve economic problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other world affairs. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is also expected to be a major topic of discussion throughout the summit, and while Western leaders will stress the importance of maintaining sanctions against Russia, Putin is likely to use the event to strengthen diplomatic ties with leaders like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who are less averse to deepening economic ties with Russia.

Pressure to Oust Russia from Group of 20

In April this year, finance ministers and officials from the United Kingdom, Canada, and United States walked out of a G-20 meeting in protest of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Russia’s participation in the event.

In a Twitter post, Rishi Sunak, who was the British chancellor of the exchequer at the time, said that he was showing a united front with his American and Canadian counterparts.

“We are united in our condemnation of Russia’s war against Ukraine and will push for stronger international coordination to punish Russia,” the post read.

Ukraine has made its position on Russia’s inclusion in G-20 summits, too. On Monday, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak called for Russia to be expelled from the international grouping following a series of Russian drone strikes on Ukrainian cities.

“Those who give orders to attack critical infrastructure to freeze civilians and organize total mobilization to cover the frontline with corpses, cannot sit at the same table with leaders of G20 for sure. Time to put an end to Russian hypocrisy. The Russian Federation must be expelled from all platforms,” Podolyak said on Twitter.

There has been no indication so far, however, that Russia will be immediately expelled from the G-20 – and while Biden is not set to meet with the Russian leader at the summit next month, it could be an opportunity for Vladimir Putin to directly feel the effects of his war in Ukraine.

Worsening diplomatic relations with the West, along with new waves of sanctions, will only make his job harder as time goes by.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. pagar

    October 19, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Putin apparently is eager to meet face to face with old man Biden in Bali.

    Not an advisable move because Biden could be accompanied by SEAL Team 6 members, or more likely, neo-nazi ukro mafia secret service members accompanying and protecting zelenskiyy whom Biden insisted host invited him to bali.

    There could be big trouble.

    G20 is meaningless, why duplicate UN with lots of mini or micro groupings. Currently UN is toothless and helpless due to it being located in NYC. Moving it out of there should be first priority for whole world.

  2. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    October 20, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Having Biden communicate with Putin would be an absolute disaster. Every this demented fool opens his mouth his handlers have to rush in to fix things.

  3. Karl Kuhn

    October 20, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Biden is mentally not fit to confront Putin.

  4. Kwan Chow

    October 20, 2022 at 8:14 am

    I thought that the leader of a country should always emphasis on national interest. if meeting Putin is not against it, why not?

  5. Rick

    October 20, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Nobody wanted Vlad at the conference, but crashing is his style…even tho he is the most hated man in the world.

  6. Neutered bozo

    October 20, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Neutered scooter, you sound like a real Putin fan. Do you live in Russia, comrade? Or maybe just a fan of the twice impeached fat guy that is soon to be indicted?

    • Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

      October 22, 2022 at 12:49 am

      Sorry if you have a problem with reality, Bozo.
      Biden is little more than a meat puppet, controlled by shadowy unelected individuals who are obviously not very bright, as literally everything he’s put his name on since gaining office two years ago has been a breathtaking, colossal disaster.
      How many times in the just the last several months has Joe sblurted out something stupid/untrue/inflammatory requiring his administration to immediately walk it back? Even our allies consider him to be a brainless, inept putz.
      As for Putin, my comments concerning him on this site are numerous – I suggest you educate yourself before making yourself look even more stupid.

  7. The Al I Know

    October 21, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    But, because China gives the goods, we the USA will meet you.
    Did you say Uighur? Tssk tssk. The issue is meager.

    It’s ok, Germany, now that you are lonely and Russia is not giving you the goods, we the USA will meet you.

    India, though you are scratching the Russian bear’s belly, we the USA will meet with you.

    It is ok, France, now that you are not meddling with the downtrodden Blacks in Mali, Burkina Faso, and are focused on exploiting those in your homeland…we the USA will meet with you.

    Meeting with Biden, the USA, is like meeting the undead. Watch yourself, and your brain. Or your finger Macron, you won’t be able to wag it in his face like last year.

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