Only some European leaders received New Year’s wishes from Vladimir Putin, noted the Hungarian website Daily News Hungary. The leaders of the leading countries of the European Union and the USA did not receive the wishes.
As reported by the Kremlin press service, the president of Russia Vladimir Putin sent Christmas telegrams to the national leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) except Moldova North, as well as to the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the TASS news agency reported.
Putin also sent warm wishes to the leaders ChinaIndia, Vietnam, Laos, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria and South Africa.
A short list of European leaders
The European leaders on the Russian dictator’s list include Turkish President Recep Tayiip Erdogan, who has met with Putin in recent months and actively participated in concluding the grain agreement, under which it was possible to transport grain from Ukraine.
Putin also sent his best wishes to the Vatican. Pope Francis After the Russian attack on Ukraine, it was only after 200 days that he appealed for a halt to the fighting and repeatedly gave the impression that he treated both the aggressor and the victim equally. In the summer, he addressed Russian Catholics, encouraging them to cultivate the “heritage of great Russia”, including the emperors Tsarina Catherine II and Peter I, who were famous for destroying Ukrainian independence. The Kremlin spokesman then expressed “satisfaction” with this speech.
The next European recipient of Putin’s wishes is the president of Serbia – a country that has not joined the Western sanctions against Russia – Alexander Vucic.
The next leader honored by the Kremlin is the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán, who is the only EU leader of state to meet with President Putin after an arrest warrant was issued for the Russian leader by the International Criminal Court. During the meeting in October, Orban assured that Hungary “never wanted confrontation with Russia, but sought to develop the closest possible relations with it.”
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