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Ukraine war

Debate over Russia's G-20 seat creates headache for Indonesia

Summit host nation says Putin already invited, worries over development-focused agenda

Russia's membership in the G-20 is at risk after its invasion of Ukraine.    © Reuters

JAKARTA -- The Group of 20 faces a potential rupture over Russia's continued membership after U.S. President Joe Biden said that it should be excluded. It is not the kind of debate that Indonesia had wanted during its G-20 presidency year.

Asked Thursday in Brussels whether Russia should be removed from the grouping of the world's biggest economies, Biden said that "my answer is yes." He added that if Indonesia and other G-20 members do not agree to expel Russia, then Ukraine should be allowed to attend meetings.

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