United States will boycott so-called inauguration of Russian dictator

State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller at a press briefing on May 6, 2024
State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller at a press briefing on May 6, 2024

While the United States recognizes Vladimir Putin as Russia's President, it won't send a representative to his inauguration, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller confirmed at a May 6 briefing.

"We certainly did not consider that election free and fair - but he is the President of Russia and he is going to continue in that capacity," Miller said.

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The reason Miller gave for the inauguration snub is that the U.S. embassy representative in Russia is currently outside Moscow.

France will send its ambassador to Putin's inauguration, while Germany will boycott the event, reports indicated on May 6.

Russia's 2024 "Presidential elections"

Russia held a so-called "Presidential election" on March 15-17. Russian opposition politicians were not included.

Russia's Central Election Commission (CEC) claimed on March 18 that Putin had won 87.28% of the votes.

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Among the candidates permitted to participate, the Communist Party's Nikolay Kharitonov won 4.31% of the vote, the New People Party's Vladislav Davankov won 3.85%, and the Liberal Party's Leonid Slutskyi won 3.2%.

There is no legitimacy in simulating presidential elections in Russia, said Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The White House also stated that the "elections" in Russia were dishonest.

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

The falsifications in the "presidential elections" in Russia were unprecedented, Russian publication Meduza reported.

For this reason, the number of fake "votes" cannot be established.

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