President Vladimir Putin won’t maintain his conventional televised year-end information convention this month, the Kremlin mentioned on Monday, 10 months into Russia’s stuttering invasion of Ukraine.
The occasion is a staple of Putin’s calendar, giving him the possibility to showcase his command of points and his stamina as he sits alone on a stage in a big auditorium for a question-and-answer session with reporters that may final greater than 4 hours.
However the conflict, which started on Feb. 24, has not gone nicely for Putin. His forces had been overwhelmed again from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early on, and have suffered main battlefield setbacks within the east and south of Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was requested in a name with reporters whether or not a date had been set for this yr’s “massive information convention,” and replied: “No, there gained’t be one earlier than the brand new yr.”
He mentioned Putin would discover different methods to speak with journalists, noting that he had held different information conferences, together with on his journeys overseas.
Final Friday, Putin answered questions from reporters throughout a go to to the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.
Peskov mentioned the Kremlin would advise in a while a date for one more annual set piece, Putin’s annual speech to each homes of Russia’s parliament, much like the U.S. president’s annual State of the Union deal with.
Putin additionally historically holds a mammoth televised call-in yearly with members of the general public, known as “Direct Line with Vladimir Putin,” which was final held in June 2021.
Final yr’s year-end information convention passed off on Dec. 23, virtually precisely two months earlier than the invasion started, because the Kremlin was denying Ukrainian and U.S. accusations that tens of 1000’s of Russian troops massing close to the border presaged an invasion.
Putin used the event to say Russia wished to keep away from battle with Ukraine and the West, however wanted an “fast” response from the US and its allies to its calls for for safety ensures.