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Kremlin confirms issuing list of suggested press responses for athletes at Tokyo Games

It will be up to each individual athlete whether to use these recommendations or not, Dmitry Peskov noted

MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. The Kremlin has confirmed that it complied a list of recommendations for national Olympic athletes at the upcoming Tokyo Games with answers to potentially inflammatory and politically-loaded questions, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

"The Kremlin supports such an initiative, but it will be up to each individual athlete whether to use it or not," Peskov told journalists.

Asked whether such recommendations might come in handy, Peskov stated that "athletes are not politicians".

"Unfortunately, many people want to make politicians out of them [the Russian athletes] and drag them into politics, they [the athletes] eventually get into complicated situations," Peskov noted.

Russia’s Vedomosti daily reported earlier in the day that the country’s athletes had been handed detailed instructions laying out the guidelines on how to respond to potentially inflammatory and politically-loaded questions, such as about Crimea, harassment, the BLM movement, and doping abuse.