Putin Blames Cooldown Between Russia and West Before Ambassadors

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President Vladimir Putin regretted this Monday the worsening relations between Russia and Western countries as a result of Russia’s attack against Ukraine and the sanctions imposed against Moscow, when they received several ambassadors in Europe in the Kremlin.

During the ceremony of handing over the credentials of the newly appointed foreign ambassadors, Putin received, among others, representatives of Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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President Vladimir Putin regretted this Monday the worsening relations between Russia and Western countries as a result of Russia’s attack against Ukraine and the sanctions imposed against Moscow, when they received several ambassadors in Europe in the Kremlin.

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During the ceremony of handing over the credentials of the newly appointed foreign ambassadors, Putin received, among others, representatives of Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Speaking to the Swedish ambassador, Putin blamed the “complete absence of political contacts” and that “economic cooperation” and “cultural and humanitarian relations” between Russia and Sweden were suppressed.

The Russian leader is also worried about the fact that Stockholm has abandoned “the policy of non-participation in military blocs, which has been used for 200 years”, in reference to Sweden’s desire to join NATO since the conflict in Ukraine began .

Before the German ambassador, he praised the relationship of “pragmatic cooperation” developed in Berlin but regretted that the explosion of the NordStream gas pipelines, in 2022, “damages” the supply of Russian gas to Germany.

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And when receiving the new British representative, Putin limited himself to saying that the status of the dialogue between Russia and the United Kingdom “is known to everyone.” London is one of the most active supporters of kyiv against Moscow in the conflict.

“We hope that the situation, for the interest of our two countries and our people, will improve,” he said.

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