Modi to attend G-7 summit in Germany, meet Indonesian President, other leaders

India, Indonesia and other countries find common path as G-7 plans its next move against Russia

India, Indonesia and other countries find common path as G-7 plans its next move against Russia

As the world’s most developed economies gather for the G-7 summit this weekend to discuss their next move against Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also fly to the German Alpine resort of Schloss Elmau as a special invitee to the meeting on June 26-27. , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) announced on Wednesday.

New Delhi is preparing to face increased pressure from the G-7 countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US and the EU, who have unanimously imposed sanctions on Russia since the invasion of Ukraine. They want India to cooperate in limiting Russian oil purchases, not evading sanctions by using a rupee-rouble mechanism and lifting the ban on wheat exports, all requests that Modi’s government has rejected.

“The Prime Minister is expected to speak in two sessions covering environment, energy, climate, food security, health, gender equality and democracy,” the MEA said, announcing that the Prime Minister would also hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the meeting.

The June 26-28 visit will include a stopover on the return journey in Abu Dhabi, where Mr Modi will pay a condolence visit on the death of the late UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and meet with the new ruler and president Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Other special invitees to the G-7 summit include leaders from Argentina, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa, and ahead of an expected meeting between Mr Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on June 27 , officials are working to agree on maintaining an independent position in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and keeping focus on the economic impact of the war and Western sanctions.

PM Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will also attend a virtual BRICS summit hosted by Chinese President Xi, where they will discuss the situation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, on September 23. June 24, just before the G-7 summit.

In an interview with the business channel CNBCMr Widodo called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and talks to alleviate the problems for developing countries most vulnerable to the “key problems” of “food prices, energy prices and inflation”, a position similar to that of India.

President Jokowi is expected to fly from Germany to Kiev to meet President Zelensky, and Moscow to meet President Putin, in a bid to mediate ahead of the G20 summit to be held in Bali in November this year .

India, which will take over the G-20 presidency from Indonesia in December, is also very interested in the future of G-20 preparations as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries led by the US President Joe Biden is urging Russia to be expelled from the G-20 group, as the G-7, formerly the G-8, expelled Russia from that group in 2014. Neither India nor Indonesia support the move, refusing to join a boycott in April when a number of G-20 countries left an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting attended by Russia’s finance minister

At the G-7 meeting, Mr. Biden is expected to raise the importance of tougher sanctions against Russia. At a briefing, the White House said the US appreciates its ties to India but wants to put forward its demand to cut Russia’s oil purchases in order to cripple its economy.

“These are sovereign decisions. But we want as much pressure as possible on Russia internationally… There must be costs and consequences for what Mr. Putin is doing,” said John Kirby, senior official of the National Security Council, in response to a specific question about India’s leap. in oil sales from Russia. India’s purchases have grown “25-fold” since the start of the war, with Indian state-owned oil sector companies (PSU) buying an average of one million barrels a day in June, compared to 30,000 barrels in February. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing figures from research agency Kpler.

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