President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been invited by Indonesia, the current chair of the Group of 20, to attend a big ticket summit in November.

The decision to invite both leaders shows the delicate balance the Southeast Asian country is trying to keep as the G20 host this year. Russia is a member of the G20, and the countries in the grouping have been divided over their reaction to Moscow for its war in Ukraine.

Indonesia’s President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have an impact on the recovery of the global economy and it was in this context that he invited Putin and Zelenskyy to the summit in separate calls with them over the week.