events of the night of September 23 – EADaily – Referendum in the LPR and DPR. Referendum on accession to Russia. Referendum in the LPR and DPR on joining Russia. Referendum in the DNR and LNR in 2022.

events of the night of September 23 – EADaily – Referendum in the LPR and DPR. Referendum on accession to Russia. Referendum in the LPR and DPR on joining Russia. Referendum in the DNR and LNR in 2022.
events of the night of September 23 – EADaily – Referendum in the LPR and DPR. Referendum on accession to Russia. Referendum in the LPR and DPR on joining Russia. Referendum in the DNR and LNR in 2022.

Voting in referendums on joining the Russian Federation as subjects begins on Friday in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as in the Kherson region and in the liberated territories of the Zaporozhye region. In all four regions it will be held until September 27 inclusive. The question of an immediate referendum was raised at the beginning of the week by the Public Chambers of the DPR and LPR. On Monday, they addressed this demand to the heads of the republics. Dates were set on Tuesday, parliaments unanimously adopted laws on referendums, and central election commissions approved the voting procedure. On Tuesday, residents of Zaporozhye and Kherson regions joined the demand to organize such a vote. In Zaporozhye, the head of the military-civilian administration demanded this from the congress of the inhabitants of the region, and in the Kherson region, the Public Council made such an appeal. On the same day, the head of the State Administration of Zaporozhye Evgeny Balitsky and the head of the CAA of the Kherson region Vladimir Saldo signed the corresponding decrees. On Wednesday morning, in a televised address, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said that Russia would support the decision of the residents of Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions about their future, which they would take in referendums.

Observers of Russian public organizations, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and the regions, as well as representatives from other countries will follow the referendum for five days, the executive director of the Independent Public Monitoring Association told Izvestia on September 23 Alena Bulgakova. “We will conduct expert monitoring, monitor the observance of the rights of referendum participants. We have contacts with civil society institutions in the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. We will exchange information with our colleagues promptly,” she said. The association’s specialists will provide expert support: receive appeals from referendum participants, contact observers and eyewitnesses, broadcast on the portal and promptly provide up-to-date information. In addition, the Public Situation Center for monitoring referendums will be deployed on the basis of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.

In the LPR, before the start of the referendum on joining the region to the Russian Federation, Russian specialists examine polling stations for the presence of explosive objects. “In the Luhansk People’s Republic, specialists from the International Mine Action Center have begun to survey polling stations for a referendum on the region’s accession to the Russian Federation for the presence of explosive objects. Sappers check not only the premises of polling stations, but also the territory adjacent to them, ”the Russian Defense Ministry said.

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky discussed at the meeting the response to referendums in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions and the announcement of partial mobilization in Russia, Zelensky’s office reports. It is noted that the meeting was attended by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexey Reznikovcommander-in-chief of Ukrainian troops Valery Zaluzhnyhead of Zelensky’s office Andrey Ermak and other dignitaries. “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief on Thursday… The meeting participants paid special attention to steps in response to new challenges related to declaring mobilization an aggressor country and preparing fictitious referendums in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine,” the statement said. on the website of Zelensky’s office.

US Ambassador to Helsinki Douglas Hickey believes that Finland and Sweden can be accepted into NATO before the end of this year, the newspaper Politico reports. It is noted that only three of the 30 NATO countries have yet to ratify the accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance: Slovakia, Hungary and Turkey. At the same time, according to the newspaper, the general assumption is that Hungary and Turkey will wait until 2023 to make a final decision. “Douglas Hickey… said he was optimistic that NATO would have 32 members by the end of this year. The conversations he had with his Hungarian counterpart in Helsinki led him to believe that a positive vote would soon follow, he told the group (reporters and experts), warning that the situation could change. But Hickey believes that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not want to be left alone, which prompts him to move quickly on this issue, ”the newspaper writes.

EU countries want to agree within a few weeks on setting a price ceiling for Russian oil after the announcement of partial mobilization in Russia, Bloomberg reports citing sources. According to the interlocutors of the agency, despite the new efforts of the European Commission and some member states, this plan has many obstacles, and the possibility of reaching an agreement remains in question. “EU member states are seeking to conclude a political agreement within a few weeks that would impose a ceiling on the price of Russian oil. According to people familiar with the matter, this effort gained momentum after the President (of Russia) Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” … and is likely to be part of a new package of sanctions to be proposed by the European Commission,” the agency reports.

The US economy is the biggest beneficiary of Europe’s energy crisis, as high gas prices are forcing European companies to relocate their production to the States, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. The American economy has been among the biggest beneficiaries of Europe’s energy crisis. Faced with high gas prices, European companies producing steel, fertilizers and other commodities are gradually moving their operations to the US, where they are attracted by more stable energy prices and government support. While fluctuating energy prices and supply chain problems threaten Europe with what “some economists warn could be a new era of deindustrialization,” the US government has approved a slew of measures to stimulate industrial production, the WSJ notes. As a result, company executives say the balance is increasingly tilting in favor of the United States, especially for those companies involved in the implementation of projects for the production of chemicals, batteries and other energy-intensive products.

Negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program have stalled. This was reported by Reuters on Friday, citing a senior US State Department official. According to him, Washington and Tehran have not been able to reach an agreement due to the fact that the Iranian side continues to insist on stopping the investigation of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the origin of uranium particles at undeclared nuclear facilities. The representative of the American administration also noted that at the UN General Assembly, in which the President of the Islamic Republic Ebrahim Raisi, “nothing has happened to indicate Iran’s readiness to change its position.” According to the Source of the agency, Tehran appealed to the negotiators with a request to convince the IAEA of the need to stop the investigation. “They are asking us and European countries to put pressure on the IAEA and its Director General [Рафаэля Гросси]to close these investigations, which we will not do,” he said.

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