7 of 27 EU countries plan to attend Putin's inauguration after engineered win in so-called 'elections'

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during an Orthodox Easter service at the Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia, May 5
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during an Orthodox Easter service at the Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia, May 5

Seven EU countries plan to send representatives to the inauguration of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Reuters reported on May 6, citing a European diplomat.

20 EU member states will boycott the inauguration, but seven others are expected to send representatives, a diplomat told Reuters.

In addition to France, Hungary and Slovakia are among the EU countries expected to participate.

Like many if his EU counterparts, the EU's Ambassador to Russia, Roland Garharague, will not attend the ceremony, he said. Germany and the Baltic states have also confirmed their boycott.

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The heads of all foreign diplomatic missions in Moscow were invited to Putin's inauguration, a high-ranking Kremlin official said.

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.

Read also: German FM comments on 'voting' results in Russia

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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