The decision on the date of the G20 Summit in a face-to-face format will be made by the organizing party. This was announced on Tuesday, September 8, by Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the conversation between President Vladimir Putin and King Ben Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
“If the organizing party decides to hold an off-line meeting, Russia is definitely an actual participant of the [Big] Twenty”, – answered the Kremlin representative to the question about the coordination of a face-to-face meeting.
Peskov stressed that the decision remains with the host party.
The conversation between the leaders of Russia and Saudi Arabia took place on the eve. The main topic was preparation for the G20 summit to be held in November. The parties also discussed collective efforts to overcome the negative consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the OPEC+ deal, which allowed to stabilize the global energy markets in general.
The G20 Foreign Ministers’ Online Summit took place on September 3. The meeting discussed the implementation of the instructions of the heads of state, given as a result of the emergency summit of the leaders of the “G20”, dedicated to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which was held in March.
The first ever virtual summit of the G20 leaders was held on March 26. The leaders adopted a final statement. According to the document, the G20 countries agreed to do everything possible to overcome the pandemic. In addition, the countries pledged to “spare no effort” to protect lives, save jobs and incomes and help all countries in need of support.