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Putin Will Sign Treaties on Annexation of Ukrainian Territories to Russia

Putin firmará tratados de anexión de territorios ucranianos a Rusia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will tomorrow sign treaties for the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporiyia, the Kremlin announced today.

“The ceremony of signing the agreements for the accession of the new territories to Russia will take place tomorrow,” Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at his daily press briefing.

Peskov added that the event will take place in the St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace at 3 p.m. (12.00 GMT) and will include a major speech by Putin.

The leaders of these regions arrived last night on a common flight to the Russian capital.

The day before, the heads of Kherson, Volodymir Saldo, Zaporiyya, Yevgeny Balitsky, Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, and Lugansk, Leonid Pasechnik, formally requested Putin to incorporate their territories into Russia.

Both houses of the Russian Parliament are expected to formally endorse the annexation agreements early next week.

The Russian Senate plans to debate the issue on October 4. Before that, the incorporation has to receive the approval of the Russian Duma or Lower House, which meets for an extraordinary session one day earlier.

At the same time, tomorrow evening on Red Square a rally will be held in support of the incorporation of new territories into Russia.

The Kremlin indicated that it would report later on Putin’s possible attendance at this event.

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