President's visit to Ukraine, Russia is right step: Lawmaker

President's visit to Ukraine, Russia is right step: Lawmaker

Member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I Christina Aryani. (ANTARA/HO-DPP Partai Golkar)

The plan is a right step because Indonesia can show its increasingly clearer contribution (to a solution) to the Russia-Ukraine conflict
Jakarta (ANTARA) - A lawmaker believes President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has taken the right step by planning to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir after attending the G7 Summit for Partner Countries in Germany, June 26-27.

"The plan is a right step because Indonesia can show its increasingly clearer contribution (to a solution) to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. As we all know, the impact of (the conflict) has increasingly become more complex," member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I, Christina Aryani, noted in Jakarta on Thursday.

According to Aryani, the president's step demonstrates that Indonesia plays an increasingly concrete role in pursuing global peace.

In addition, the step demonstrates that Indonesia has the pluck to take a stand on the conflict rather than remain silent, she affirmed.

The situation of the Russia-Ukraine war is so complex that many countries hesitate to take a step. However, Indonesia has the courage to meet the Russian and Ukrainian presidents on humanitarian grounds, she stated.

"President Jokowi is the first Asian leader to visit Russia and Ukraine (since the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine), so it is reasonable for us to appreciate and support (the planned visit)," she remarked.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had stated earlier that President Jokowi was scheduled to meet with Zelenskyy and Putin at the end of June 2022.

The planned visit to Ukraine and Russia is part of a trip that the president will undertake in a very complex situation, Marsudi stated during a media briefing accessed from Jakarta on Wednesday.

"Despite the difficult situation and complex problem, as G20 president and a member of the champion group of the Global Crisis Response Group formed by the UN Secretary General, President Jokowi has opted to strive to make contributions rather than remain silent," she noted.

The visit reflects the president's concern over humanitarian issues as well as his contributions to addressing the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on various countries, she noted.

"(We will) try to contribute to handling the food crisis due to the war that has affected all countries, particularly developing countries and low-income countries," she added.

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