Japan attends G20 summit, no comments to Russia’s finance minister
Japan will attend a G20 finance ministers’ meeting next week, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said on Friday as Western nations called for Russia to be expelled from the forum and boycott sessions in which Moscow is represented.
“The Japanese government is not able to respond to each country’s participation“Suzuki told a news conference when asked about Russia’s plans to participate in the forum online, as the current G20 president Indonesia announced on Thursday.
Last week, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the US would boycott some G20 meetings if Russian officials show up. German Finance Minister Christian Lindner has called for rejecting any cooperation with Russia at the G20.
The forthcoming G20 summit “is a very important conference to discuss various issues concerning the global economy, including rising food and energy prices due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.“where the participation of each country’s finance minister and central bank governor is basically expected,” Suzuki said.
In the meantime, Japan “will take appropriate steps close cooperation with G7 allies and host country Indonesia “based on a statement by G7 leaders in March that international platforms should not continue relations with Russia in a” business as usual “way, said Suzuki.