The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, opposed the boycott of the G20 summit if Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in it.
"We have to think very carefully about whether we paralyze the entire G20, so I don’t support it," she said on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria. "In my opinion, the G20 is too important, including for developing countries," she told ZDF.
"I think it’s better to tell Putin what we think of him," von der Leyen said.
"One thing is clear: there will be no `business as usual,’" she added.