Indonesian peace mission on Russia-Ukraine conflict
President Joko Widodo has accomplished his visits to Ukraine and
Russia on Thursday evening (June 30) to invite both countries to
build dialogue, stop the war, and build peace.
President started his mission by visiting Kiev, Ukraine. At the
Maryinsky Palace, Kyiv, Jokowi was greeted by Ukrainian President
Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday afternoon (June 29).
For Ukraine, that day was a historic day, as President Jokowi's
visit was the first one to be made by an Asian leader since the
start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Jokowi, during a joint press statement with Zelenskyy, conveyed
several important points from his visit to Ukraine.
"I conveyed to President Zelenskyy that I made this visit as a
manifestation of Indonesia's concern for the situation in Ukraine,"
He reiterated the invitation to Zelenskyy to attend the G20 Summit
in November 2022 in Bali.
Jokowi also emphasized Indonesia's principled position regarding
the importance of respect for sovereignty and territory.
"Although it is still very difficult to achieve, I still convey the
importance of a peaceful settlement, and the spirit of peace must
never fade," he affirmed.
Indonesia will strive to contribute through assistance, including
medicines, and remain committed to reconstructing one of the
hospitals around Kiev.
To this end, President Jokowi offered to carry a message from
President Zelenskyy to President Putin.
On the other hand, President Zelenskyy praised Jokowi's visit
because Indonesia hosts the G20 Presidency this year and is the
strongest country in ASEAN.
Zelenskyy expressed optimism that it would strengthen the effort to
end the war.
After visiting Kiev, President Jokowi also made a visit to Moscow,
Russia and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During the visit, Jokowi emphasized the issue of peace and humanity
has always been a priority for Indonesia.
"The Indonesian Constitution mandates Indonesia to always try to
contribute to the creation of world peace. In this context, I made
visits to Kiev and Moscow," he stated.
He also emphasized that food and fertilizers were humanitarian
issues and were of interest to the world community. Thus hundreds
of millions of people affected by disruptions, especially in
Hence, Jokowi lauded Putin's guarantee for the security of food and
Jokowi stressed that Indonesia has no interest apart from helping
resolve the war between Russia and Ukraine.
"I invite all world leaders to work together to revive the spirit
of multilateralism, the spirit of peace, and the spirit of
cooperation," President Jokowi stated.
Meanwhile, Putin noted that Indonesia is one of their key partners
in the Asia-Pacific region.
"Russian-Indonesian relations are constructive and mutually
beneficial, developing steadily on the basis of long-standing good
traditions of friendship and mutual assistance," he said.
During the joint press conference, President Jokowi reiterates the
importance of the spirit of peace.
With President Jokowi's visit to Ukraine and Russia for a peaceful
mission, hopes are pinned high on the war ending soon and the food
crisis being mitigated quickly.
Written by: Katriana, Editor: Rahmad Nasution (c) ANTARA 2022
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