The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin would not hold the year-end media conference this year.
Al Jazeera reported that the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, who revealed this on Monday, also noted that President Putin “spoke regularly to the press, including on foreign visits.”
The spokesman did not give a reason for not holding the marathon conference, which usually lasts for several hours.
However, observers considered this step a breach of protocol due to the Russian war in Ukraine, which began in February.
Vladimir Putin, in power since 2000, has held a press conference in December for most of his reign — an event he has used to darken his image on national television.
The suspension of this year’s press conference marks the first time in a decade that Putin has not held the December event, and it is a rare opportunity for journalists outside the Kremlin, including international ones, to ask the Russian president direct questions.
The war launched by Russian forces in Ukraine became a global discourse, as the West considered it an act of aggression against Ukraine’s sovereignty, and thus was met with a series of economic sanctions on the invading Russia.
Putin cancels the annual media conference amid war with Ukraine