Bilateral relations prevail EU advice not to attend Putin’s ‘inauguration’ – Foreign Affairs spokesperson

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

Despite the recommendation not to attend Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's “inauguration,” EU states have the freedom to make their own foreign policy decisions based on national sovereignty and competence, the EU foreign affairs and security policy spokesperson Peter Stano said on May 7.

“These are decisions that they make on the basis of their competence, on the basis of national sovereignty, because, after all, we are talking about bilateral relations,” he said during press briefing.

Stano pointed out that the EU as an institution did not have a representative at the inauguration, as its diplomat received recommendations from the Union's foreign policy service to refrain from attending.

“However, several member states decided to act independently. After all, it is their own decision and their competence to decide whether they want to attend such an event or not. But the overwhelming majority of member states remain on the sidelines, including the EU Ambassador.”

The states that attended the inauguration should explain their decision to do so.

The presence of EU representatives at the “inauguration” of Vladimir Putin

Reuters reported that 20 EU member states would boycott Putin’s “inauguration,” but seven other countries would send representatives. Agency wrote that diplomats from France, Hungary, and Slovakia would attend the event.

An unnamed senior Kremlin official said that heads of all foreign diplomatic missions in Moscow had been invited to Putin’s inauguration.

Representatives of France, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Hungary, and Slovakia will attend “inauguration” of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, RFE/RL (Radio Liberty), citing its own sources, reported on May 7.

“Presidential elections” in Russia in 2024

Russia held the so-called “presidential election” on March 15-17 in which no opposition politicians participated. Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) announced on March 18 that it had “counted” 100% of protocols and that Putin allegedly won 87.28% of the vote.

Other candidates were Nikolai Kharitonov (Communist Party of Russian Federation) who received 4.31% of the vote, Vladislav Davankov (New People Party) - 3.85%, and Leonid Slutsky (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia) - 3.2%, according to CEC.

There is no legitimacy in Russia’s imitation of presidential election, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. White House agreed that “elections” in Russia were unfair.

At the same time, Putin was congratulated on his victory by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, leaders of Venezuela and Nicaragua, Nicolas Maduro and Daniel Ortega, presidents of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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