| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

G20: Putin tells India PM Modi he will not attend Delhi summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would not attend the G20 Summit next month in Delhi.

This year’s summit will be held in the Indian city of Delhi from September 9 to September 10.

Mr Putin called Mr Modi and informed him that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would represent him at the conference.

According to India, the two leaders also addressed “regional and global issues of mutual concern.”

Mr Putin, according to a Russian government official, would not attend the summit due to a “busy schedule.”

The G20 includes the world’s 19 wealthiest countries plus the European Union. India currently holds the G20 presidency, which rotates annually between members.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to be a talking point at the summit in Delhi, where world leaders including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be present.

Last week, Mr Putin attended the Brics summit – Brics is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held in Johannesburg by video link to avoid the risk of possible arrest by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC has issued a warrant for Mr Putin’s arrest, accusing him of war crimes in Ukraine.