“I will be attending the G20 foreign ministers meeting because it is important Australia supports Indonesia to ensure the meeting is a success,” Wong said.
“Given Foreign Minister Lavrov plans to attend while Russia wages an illegal and immoral war on Ukraine, the meeting cannot be business as usual.
“I have been working with my Indonesian counterpart, Foreign Minister [Retno] Marsudi and other partners to ensure that the forum sends a clear message to Russia.”
Asked about the reception Lavrov might expect next week, Denis Tetyushin, the spokesman for the Russian embassy in Jakarta, told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age “you have to ask other delegations”.
“It’s their business,” he said. “But you can’t really discuss big issues without Russia’s participation.”
While Wong and top diplomats from G20 nations will converge on Bali next Thursday, Indonesia President Joko Widodo was on Wednesday boarding a train from Poland into Ukraine to meet with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.
The Indonesian leader has also flagged plans to visit Moscow, where he said he would call for a ceasefire and implore Putin to stop a blockade of Ukrainian grain exports to avert a global food crisis.
“We started this peace mission with good intentions. Hope it gets easier,” said Joko, known as Jokowi, on Wednesday.
Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, meanwhile, Wong responded to reported plans by China to schedule its own meeting with Pacific foreign ministers on the same day as the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji next month. Beijing’s invitations to ministers from 10 Pacific nations was revealed by the ABC.
“I would hope that any external major power engaging with the Pacific would respect the regional architecture,” Wong said.
Wong on Wednesday delivered a speech to an audience including politicians and business figures in the Malaysian capital in which she talked of her own heritage in the country.
Later, she was flying to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state and the city of her birth, for the second and final leg of a three-day Malaysian tour.
“My family history will be on my mind today when I go back to Kota Kinabalu,” she said. “But more than the past, I am focused on the future.”
with Karuni Rompies