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Putin may take pause during New Year’s holidays — spokesman

Dmitry Peskov noted that the president plans to continue his business trips to Russian regions shortly after the holidays

MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will probably take a short pause in his work during the upcoming holidays, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov believes.

When asked if Putin will take a rest during the holidays, the spokesman said: "Partially, probably, but he never uses the holidays completely."

He noted that the president plans to continue his business trips to Russian regions shortly after the holidays.

"[The trips] will resume shortly after the holidays," the spokesman said, noting that these trips will not be campaigning.

"How are [campaigning] trips different from working trips? He is an incumbent head of state, all his trips are working ones, everything will happen within working schedule," Peskov explained, noting that Putin will simply continue his usual practice of visiting the regions.

The spokesman also noted that the president will not hold his traditional meeting with the cabinet during the last week of this year, because such meeting de facto happened during the meeting of the Presidential Council on national projects.

"No, there is no [meeting] with the government [in the schedule for the next week], it has already happened de fact, when the national projects meeting took place," the spokesman said, noting that the next week will be "intense" for the president.

He also noted that Putin will not send Christmas and New Year greetings to heads of unfriendly states.

"He will not [send them] to the unfriendly states, but he will to the friendly ones," the spokesman said.

Usually, Putin sends holiday greetings to the leaders of foreign countries. In late 2022, Putin did not send greetings to European leaders, except for Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban. That year, the list also did not include any head of international organizations or international sports federations.