West will be able to recognise Putin as illegitimate after fake re-election - Zelenskyy
Western leaders must decide whether to recognise Vladimir Putin's legitimacy after the presidential election in Russia scheduled for 17 March 2024, if he wins
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said this in an interview with AP.
"We understand that the elections in Russia are undemocratic. No matter how they are held, everyone knows what the result will be... The question to the world is: these may be illegitimate elections that the world will not recognise," Zelenskyy said.
Expressing his opinion on the possibility of calling on international leaders to recognise the election results in Russia as illegitimate, Zelenskyy noted that he "would like the Western world to understand this situation on its own".
"So that I don't have to do it - to call, to put pressure, to speak. It seems to me that the world already understands all this after all the grief that Russia has brought everywhere and, of course, to Ukraine," he said.
- On 6 November, Reuters reported, citing its own sources, that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin had decided to run for president in 2024, and that his advisers were already preparing for the campaign.
- On 9 November, ISW analysts noted that Putin is likely to avoid the war in Ukraine during his 2024 presidential campaign. Instead, he will focus on the alleged "stability" in Russia and criticism of the West.
- On 20 November, Russian media reported that the Kremlin had told the regions what result Putin should have in the 2024 elections.