US President Joe Biden said Thursday that he believes Russia should be removed from the Group of 20 and that it is up to Ukraine to decide whether it needs to cede some of its territories to reach a ceasefire.
“My answer is yes,” Biden said during a news conference when asked if Russia should be eliminated. “It depends on the G20. That was brought up today, and I raised the possibility that if that can’t be done, if Indonesia and others don’t agree, then, in my opinion, we should ask that both Ukraine be able to attend the meetings and … basically that Ukraine be able to attend the G20 meeting and observe.”
The White House had previously declined to comment publicly on reports that the United States and its allies want Russia removed from the group, but left the door open to the possibility. And following reports this week that suggested Russia could be removed, Russia’s ambassador in Jakarta said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “wants to go” to the G20 summit in Indonesia in November.
Also, when asked during Thursday’s news conference whether Zelensky needs to give up any territory to get a ceasefire with Russia, Biden said the Ukrainians had to decide.
“That is a decision entirely based on Ukraine. Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. I don’t think they have to do that, but there is a decision,” Biden said, adding that discussions are taking place that he has not been a part of.
“It’s your decision,” he added.