According to the Kremlin spokesman, the decision not to congratulate Washington is due to its “unfriendly policy” .jpg” alt=”Putin will not congratulate the United States on Independence Day” />
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not send a congratulatory telegram in honor of the Independence Day of the United States this year. This was announced by the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.
“This is due to the fact that this year was the culmination of an unfriendly policy on the part of the United States,” — he explained. According to the Kremlin, in such conditions, sending a congratulatory message “can hardly be considered appropriate.”
US Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th. Last year, the Kremlin did not report the president's congratulatory telegram to his American colleague Joe Biden in honor of this holiday. In 2020, Putin congratulated then US President Donald Trump, but the telegram was not published on the Kremlin website.
Relations between Moscow and Washington deteriorated after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said in June that relations between the two countries, “which have been in deep crisis for the past few years,” had reached a breaking point, and political dialogue had stalled. The diplomat blamed the American side for this.
In March, the Foreign Ministry said that relations between Russia and the United States were on the verge of breaking, and their further development would depend on the behavior of Washington.
The United States Ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, said in June that countries cannot completely break diplomatic relations and “stop talking to each other.”
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