Russian President Vladimir Putin will not congratulate his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on U.S. Independence Day. The Kremlin said that this is due to "the culmination of Washington's unfriendly policy."
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this, Interfax reported.
"No congratulatory telegram will be sent this year. This is due to the fact that this year was the culmination of the unfriendly policy against our country by the United States. Therefore, under these circumstances, it is unlikely that such a congratulatory message can be considered appropriate," said a Kremlin spokesman.
At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Twitter congratulated all the American people and President Biden on the holiday.
"Happy Independence Day to the American people and Joe Biden! I wish the friendly people of the United States peace and prosperity. I appreciate the leadership of the United States in protecting Ukraine's shared values of freedom, democracy and independence," the Ukrainian president wrote.
As we know, after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the US government imposed a number of sanctions against Moscow. In particular, the USA banned the import of Russian gold on 28 June.
We would also like to point out that Washington actively assists Kiev with weapons, which are aimed at deterring Russian aggression.