Indonesian President Joko to separately hold talks with Zelenskyy, Putin

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, whose country currently chairs the Group of 20 economies, appears set to visit Ukraine and Russia at the end of the month for summit talks.

He is expected to exchange views on the possible participation of the leaders of the warring countries in the November G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters on Wednesday that Joko will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Joko will be the first Asian leader to visit the two countries since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Retno said the situation surrounding Ukraine is "abnormal" and "complicated," but that Joko chose to try making a contribution instead of staying silent.

She said the president is showing compassion on the humanitarian crisis and will try to contribute to dealing with the global food crisis caused by the war.

Putin has expressed readiness to take part in the G20 summit, while Joko has invited Zelenskyy to attend.

Opinions among members of the G20 forum are divided over Putin's participation.