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Joko Widodo is pushing for Russia-Ukraine peace

The Indonesian president is meeting with Putin after meeting with Zelenskyy

Indonesian leader Joko Widodo in a white dress shirt and black trousers shaking hands with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his trademark olive green, in front of some flags.
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Indonesian president Joko Widodo is meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin today, after stopping in Kyiv yesterday to consult with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Widodo—“Jokowi” to his friends (and most everyone else)—is fresh from the G7 summit in Munich and president of the G20. His mission: bring about peace.

And if that doesn’t work, he’ll settle for at least some sort of solution to the food supply crisis. Will it work? It sounds like a tall order, but Indonesia and Russia have historically been chummy.

Before leaving Jakarta, Jokowi has said he’s determined to do everything he can to loosen up the stream of grain from Ukraine and food and fertilizer from Russia. Turkey’s made some wheat-freeing progress, so it’s worth a shot.

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