Putin accepts invite to G-20 summit, Pentagon says he ‘absolutely’ shouldn’t attend

As Vladimir Putin continues his deadly and devastating attempted takeover of neighboring Ukraine, the Russian leader received an invite from Indonesian President Joko Widodo to the upcoming G-20 summit where, in theory, he could be in the same room as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was also invited.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Pentagon was asked about the potential for Putin, who isn’t exactly a beloved figure on the world stage right now, to show up to the summit. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby responded by asserting that Putin “absolutely” should not attend. 

“He has isolated Russia by his own actions and should continue to be isolated by the international community,” Kirby said.

He added: “I can’t speak for President Biden or what the schedule might offer for the president, for the United States attendance, but it is inappropriate, I think, for the entire international community to keep treating Russia as if things are normal — because it is not.”

While it’s clear that the United States doesn’t think Putin should show up, it appears that he fully plans to, as he told President Widodo that he will, in fact, attend the G-20 summit.

Widodo said the Russian president “expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the G-20 summit and he said he would attend” during a phone call he recently had with him.

News of the invitation being accepted by Putin was met with strong backlash across social media, with some pointing out how awkward — and potentially dangerous — Putin and Zelensky being in such close proximity could actually be.

Others called for Biden to boycott the G-20 summit if Putin does, in fact, commit to attending, as many who think that he’s a “war criminal” over his actions in Ukraine believe he shouldn’t be extended the courtesy.