Putin expresses regret...

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.05 - 2023 9:06 AM CET

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Over deteriorating ties with western nations...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed regret over the deteriorating relations between Russia and Western countries during a ceremony at the Kremlin where he accepted the credentials of several new ambassadors, including those from Britain, Germany, and South Korea.

Moscow Times has the story.

This event comes amidst ongoing tensions following Russia's full-scale offensive against Ukraine last year.

In his address, Putin acknowledged the challenging times Russia is facing, particularly with the unprecedented rounds of Western sanctions as Moscow's offensive enters another winter.

He emphasized the historical ability of countries like the UK and Russia to overcome differences, particularly after World War II, and expressed hope for an improvement in relations.

Putin's comments to the UK ambassador reflected on the especially strained ties, noting that despite past cooperation, the current situation is quite fraught.

He expressed a similar sentiment to the German ambassador, lamenting over Berlin's move away from Russian energy. Putin highlighted the long-standing pragmatic and business approach in the relationship between Russia and Germany, mentioning the recent mysterious blasts that damaged the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

The Russian President also commented on the lack of communication with Sweden, which is in the process of joining NATO, and regretted the strained relations with South Korea.

He noted the challenges in the relationship with Seoul, particularly following his welcoming of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Russia and his acceptance of an invitation to visit Pyongyang.

Putin's remarks reflect the complex geopolitical landscape and the strained relations between Russia and several Western nations. The ceremony at the Kremlin was indicative of the current diplomatic climate and the challenges that lie ahead in mending these relationships.