Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the peoples of Ukraine and Georgia rather than these countries’ leaders on the Victory Day anniversary on May 9 because of the absence of dialogue with presidents Petro Poroshenko and Giorgi Margvelashvili at the proper level, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
“You know that there is no dialogue at the proper level, and in case with Georgia there is no dialogue at all between the Russian leadership and the leadership of these countries,” Peskov said, adding that, nevertheless, the Russian leader congratulated the friendly peoples of Georgia and Ukraine on May 9.
Peskov noted that Russia “had never initiated the negative processes in our bilateral relations that had taken place” and always favored good relations with its neighbors.
“The president has repeatedly said that the crisis relations at the inter-state level have no effect whatsoever on the good feelings and traditions in relation to the peoples of the countries that are traditionally close to us – the peoples of Georgia, Ukraine and other countries. That’s why the president’s congratulations were addressed to the people,” Peskov said.
On May 8, Putin sent congratulations on the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory in its Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. According to the wording of the message posted on the Kremlin website, he congratulated the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia “and also citizens of Georgia and Ukraine.”