Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian leader not recognized by the West, gave the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, a gift certificate for a Belarusian-made tractor for his 70th birthday on Friday. It is a hand-assembled tractor with a seeder.
Pyramid of melons
In St. Petersburg – the former Leningrad, where Putin was born and where his meeting with the leaders of the former Soviet republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) took place on Friday – Lukashenko told reporters that the donated tractor could be used to sow wheat to “Europe did not starve and did not steal grain in Ukraine, but drove it to poor countries“.
A special gift was also given to Putin by his colleague from Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmon – he had dozens of melons brought to St. Petersburg, from which they built a pyramid near the Konstantinovsky Palace.
Congratulations are in full swing
As reported by the AP agency, Putin received a barrage of birthday wishes – for example, from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who wished him “good health, long life and many successes” in a video message – a mixture of archival footage with emotional music. He also stated that “Putin changed Russia’s position in the world and made it a country to be reckoned with!“
The Chairman of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin confessed in his status on the Telegram platform under a cartoon portrait of Putin against the background of the Russian tricolor:As long as there is Putin, there is Russia.“
Putin was also congratulated by the “leaders” installed by Moscow in the Ukrainian regions, which Russia partially controls and which it claims to have annexed.
The Kremlin-supported leader of the Zaporozhye region, Jevhen Balyckyj, wrote in a status on Telegram that “thanks to Vladimir Vladimirovich and the people of Russia, the Zaporozhye region became part of the great country and reunited with his family“.
His colleague from the Donetsk region, Denis Pushilin, in turn, stated that “for the people of Donbas, the name of the leader of our country is forever associated with the most important event in recent history – the return home“.
AP states in its report that after seven months of the Russian army’s offensive in Ukraine, Putin is in international isolation and Russia and the representatives of his regime are subject to unprecedented Western sanctions.
The AP agency added that, unlike in previous years, this time the Kremlin did not inform about congratulations from Washington or Brussels. The Kremlin claims that “many world leaders” congratulated Putin on his 70th birthday, but did not mention specific names.
Friday also marks the anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot on October 7, 2006. Her murder, which shocked the whole world, is still not fully understood.
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