Kremlin Blasts ‘Divisive’ U.S. Democracy Summit Snub,

The Kremlin said Wednesday it opposes U.S. President Joe Biden’s “divisive” democracy summit after Russia did not appear on the list of invitees.

Around 110 countries have been invited to the virtual summit, including the United States’ major Western allies, and snubbing Russia and China. The long-advertised meeting will take place online on Dec. 9 and 10 ahead of an in-person meeting at its second gathering next year.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the guest list, released Tuesday on the State Department website, showed that Washington ”prefers to create new dividing lines, to divide countries into those that — in their opinion — are good, and those that are bad.”

”More and more countries prefer to decide themselves how to live,” Peskov told reporters, adding that Washington is ”trying to privatize the term ’democracy’.”

The list of invitees from the former Soviet world includes Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia and Georgia as well as the three Baltic states that are now members of the European Union and NATO. Läs artikel