Josep Borrell urges EU countries not to go to Putin’s inauguration

EU High Representative Josep Borrell
EU High Representative Josep Borrell

The European Union countries were advised not to send their representatives to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin so-called "inauguration", High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said before the meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels on May 7, Yevropeyska Pravda (European Truth) media outlet reported.

“My advice was not to do it,” he said.

“I suppose most member states will not participate.”

Borrell also recalled that the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest, and the so-called “presidential elections” in Russia were “neither fair nor just.”

It would be “difficult for Ukrainians and many people in the world to understand” why Europeans would be there, he added.

“It would be a clear contradiction,” Borrell said.

“My advice to EU countries was to ignore that event, and I hope that many of them will follow that advice. But each member state is completely sovereign in deciding whether to go or not to go.”

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.

Read also: Putin’s ‘elections’ marked by unprecedented falsifications, dubbed most dishonest in country’s history

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.

Russian media outlet Meduza reported that fraud in “presidential election” in Russia was on an unprecedented scale – it was impossible even to determine the number of fake “votes”.

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