Russian President Vladimir Putin will not congratulate his American counterpart Joe Biden on his country’s Independence Day, the Kremlin announced on Monday.
“It is because this year the hostile political discourse of the United States towards Russia has reached its peak,” Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as telling reporters.
“Under these circumstances, sending such a message of congratulations is hardly appropriate,” he added.
Already strained relations between the two states have worsened further since Russia invaded U.S. ally Ukraine in February, an act that triggered a series of tough sanctions against Moscow from Washington.
In March, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said relations between the Kremlin and the White House were “on the brink of breakdown”. Ryabkov said the only way to “save” him would be for the United States to stop arms supplies to Ukraine and instead “project a positive influence on Kyiv.”
The Kremlin has not sent a congratulatory message to a US leader on Independence Day since 2020, under President Donald Trump.