Vladimir Putin boycotts and flirts on the 310th day of war in Ukraine

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The fact of the day

For new YearRussian President Vladimir Poutine decided that he would not send his best wishes to American presidents Joe BidenFrench Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “These counterparts send us no wishes. In fact, we have no contact with them. And given the unfriendly acts they constantly undertake, the president will not send them greetings,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian presidency, said on Friday.

Conversely, Vladimir Putin has already sent his New Year’s wishes to several leaders close to or allied to the Kremlin. According to a list released by the Russian presidency, the Russian leader congratulated the Chinese presidents Xi Jinping, Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Syrian Bashar al-Assad, Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro, as well as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Russian president also sent his wishes to two former Western leaders: the Italian Silvio Berlusconi and the German Gerhard Schröder.

sentence of the day

It’s not easy, it’s tough, but I’m confident that we will get through this and Russian aggression will fail so that all other potential aggressors in the world dare not repeat what Russia is doing. »

These are the words of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. In a Facebook post on Friday at midday, the Ukrainian president insisted, a few hours from the end of the year, on recalling his commitment “to the values ​​that unite Europe and the democratic world, to overall value of life. As prospects for a ceasefire seem remote, Volodymyr Zelensky said he was fighting “everything the terrorist state [la Russie] tries to destroy.

The number of the day

2nd. This is Ukraine’s place in Reporters Without Borders’ ranking of the most dangerous countries for journalists in Europe. From 2003 to 2022, 1,668 journalists have been killed worldwide, an average of 80 per year, according to a report published on Friday, Iraq and the Syria dominating the ranking of the most dangerous countries for the profession.

In Ukraine, eight journalists have lost their lives since the Russian invasion in February, adding to the 12 journalists who had been killed there “in the previous 19 years”. In first place in the European ranking, we find Russia, with 25 press professionals killed in twenty years.

The trend of the day

On Friday, Vladimir Putin continues to successfully flirt with Xi Jinping’s China. Today, the Russian leader said he wanted to strengthen military cooperation with the China, during a meeting by videoconference with the Chinese leader, praising the resistance of Moscow and Beijing in the face of Western “pressure”. “In the context of unprecedented pressures and provocations from the West, we defend our positions of principle”, welcomed Vladimir Putin.

According to him, “coordination between Moscow and beijing on the international scene […] serves the creation of a just world order, based on international law [et] to the security of our countries. On his side, Xi Jinping praised the Russian-Chinese “comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation” which “demonstrates in this new era of maturity and resistance to stress”, according to his words translated into Russian and published by the Kremlin.

Referring to this virtual meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, the Chinese national television channel was enthusiastic: “China is ready to work with Russia […] to oppose unilateralism, protectionism and intimidation”.

Vladimir Putin boycotts and flirts on the 310th day of war in Ukraine