America lectures previous enemy over Putin visit

(MENAFN) The United States Embassy in Hanoi has strongly criticized the Vietnamese government for hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin on a state visit, condemning it as a move that could potentially normalize Russia's actions in Ukraine, Reuters reported on Monday.

In a statement to Reuters, an embassy spokesperson expressed dismay over Vietnam providing a platform to Putin, whom they accused of promoting a "war of aggression" and normalizing "his atrocities." The spokesperson emphasized that allowing Putin to travel freely could further normalize Russia's actions, which the United States views as blatant violations of international law.

Putin's upcoming two-day visit to Vietnam, scheduled to begin on Wednesday, includes meetings with Vietnamese President To Lam and other senior officials. This visit is part of Putin's diplomatic efforts since beginning his fifth term as president, which has already seen trips to China, Belarus, and Uzbekistan. Additionally, the Kremlin announced plans for Putin to visit North Korea, where he will meet with leader Kim Jong-un and attend a state concert in his honor.

Despite Western efforts, including a United States-led sanctions campaign, to isolate Moscow diplomatically and economically due to its actions in Ukraine, Putin's international travels have continued unabated. Earlier expectations that Putin's foreign visits might be curtailed due to International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants related to the Ukrainian conflict have not materialized, as evidenced by his extensive diplomatic engagements in recent weeks.

The United States stance underscores ongoing international tensions surrounding Russia's actions in Ukraine and reflects broader efforts to diplomatically pressure countries hosting Putin amid the geopolitical fallout from the conflict.



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