HomeWorldG20's Empty Chair Diplomacy: India Left Hanging as Key Players Putin and...

G20’s Empty Chair Diplomacy: India Left Hanging as Key Players Putin and Xi RSVP ‘No Thanks’


Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced on August 29 that Sergei Lavrov will head the Russian delegation at the G20 summit in India.

The official statement follows the announcement on August 28 from the office of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that, during a phone conversation with the Indian leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin informed him that he could not attend the G20 summit in New Delhi.

Two days later, Reuters cited a source saying that Xi Jinping, chairman of the People’s Republic of China, will likely not attend the G20 summit in India. Instead, as anticipated, China will be represented by the Premier of the State Council, Li Keqiang.

India assumed the G20 presidency on December 1 of last year. During its presidency, New Delhi will host more than 200 group meetings. The conclusion will be the final G20 leaders’ summit, scheduled for September 9-10 in the Indian capital, after which Brazil will assume the presidency.

The decision made by Putin and Xi coincides with the intention of Prime Minister Modi to demonstrate his involvement in sensitive world problems through the G-20. Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are hailing it as evidence of India’s increasing global influence.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has dominated G20 discussions, with hosts India unable to manage the situation. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has stated on record that India attempted, but the gap between the two nations was too great.

In addition, Saudi Arabia, another Asian power, has demonstrated that it has not yet hyphenated India and Pakistan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will travel to Pakistan before attending the meeting in India. Mohammad Bin Salman will visit for four to six hours on September 10, after which he will depart for India to attend the G-20 summit. The Saudi crown prince is expected to meet with Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir during his visit. Pakistan had opposed hosting G-20 meetings in Kashmir, a source of contention since 1947’s partition. China, Saudi Arabia, Turkiye, Egypt, Indonesia and Oman had refused to attend the meeting in Kashmir on May 22 to 24 at Pakistan’s request.

Frontier India News Network
Frontier India News Networkhttps://frontierindia.com/briefs
Frontier India News Network is the in-house news collection and distribution agency.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Hamburg Airport Joins International Hydrogen Hub Network of Airbus’ ZEROe Ecosystem

Hamburg Airport has joined the international "Hydrogen Hub at Airport" network, the twelfth and inaugural German hub, to facilitate the expansion of hydrogen infrastructure...

Airbus Launches Full-Scale Production of Galileo G2 Satellites

At the Airbus facility in Friedrichshafen, Germany, full production of the six Galileo Second Generation (G2) satellites has commenced following the delivery of the...

US Marines Master Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in GA-ASI’s MQ-9A Training

The collaboration between General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) resulted in the completion of flight training for Marines...

Canada Becomes Fifth NATO Country to Buy Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon

As part of the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) project, the Government of Canada has executed a Foreign Military Sales Letter of Offer and Acceptance...

US PCE Data Points to Cooling Economy, Fueling Speculation of Fed Rate Cut

The US 10-year Treasury yield dropped five basis points to 4.35% over the past week, while the major equity indices were flat to up...