The congressmen proposed not to recognize Putin as president if he goes to the polls again, since they consider the amendment to “zero” his terms illegitimate. The Federation Council called it interference in the Russian elections
Two members of the House of Representatives proposed to the US Congress not to recognize Vladimir Putin as President of Russia if he ran for the next presidential election after the end of his term in 2024 year, they submitted a corresponding draft resolution. If this document is adopted, this will lead to a break in relations between Russia and the United States, said Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, RIA Novosti reports.
“ I am convinced that this document will not pass. But if the resolution is adopted, it will lead to the rupture of relations between Russia and the United States, '', & mdash; said Dzhabarov. In his opinion, the draft resolution is cynical and “ devoid of any common sense. ''
In turn, the vice-speaker of the Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachev, called the congressmen's proposal interference in the presidential elections in Russia. “ It's a bit early this time, the Americans began to interfere in the presidential elections in Russia. The rest is nothing new and nothing unexpected. Pure interference in our internal affairs. And also a provocation aimed at disrupting the emerging normalization of bilateral relations '', & mdash; he wrote on Facebook.
The draft resolution was proposed by Tennessee Democrat Stephen Cohen and South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson. In it, they write that the amendments to the Constitution, which “ nullified '' Putin's presidential terms and gave him the opportunity to run in the future, adopted in violation of the laws and international obligations of Russia, and therefore illegal. Therefore, congressmen believe, the United States should not recognize Putin as president if he runs for elections in 2024.
If the resolution is approved, it will have a recommendatory character.
Voting on amendments to the Constitution ran from June 25 to July 1, 2020. It was possible to vote either for all the amendments at once, or against them. According to the official data of the CEC, 77.9% of the participants in the referendum supported the amendment of the Constitution, against & mdash; 21.2%.
Among the changes was an amendment to “ zero out '' Putin's presidential terms. According to the law, the President of Russia cannot hold this post more than two times. The amendment lifted this restriction for those who were president before it came into force.
Even before voting on the amendments, Putin said that he did not rule out the possibility of running, adding that he had not yet made a decision. He also answered the question about the next presidential term in December 2020. “ I have not yet made a decision for myself whether I will or will not go to the polls in 2024. & lt; … & gt; But formally, this permission is from the people. Do this, do not & mdash; I'll see & raquo;, & mdash; he said.
In October, responding to plans for re-election, Putin said that talking about this topic would destabilize the situation. “ The situation must be calm, stable, so that all authorities, all state structures work confidently, calmly look into the future, '' & mdash; he emphasized.
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