The two houses of the Russian Parliament – the State Duma and the Federation Council – will consider annexing occupied Ukrainian territories next week, while the European Union (EU) prepares sanctions in retaliation for the plan.
President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony on Friday at which agreements will be signed for Russia to take over four Ukrainian territories, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday. .
The ceremony will start a legislative process in Moscow to annex Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, a move that would be illegal under international law.
The lower house of the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, will meet on October 3 and 4, its president, Vyacheslav Volodin, reported, according to RIA Novosti. The state agency reported Volodin as saying that the Duma’s agenda had been adjusted so that deputies could make legislative decisions based on the supposed results of the polls.
The Federation Council, Russia’s upper house, will consider annexing the occupied territories on October 4, Andrey Klishas, chairman of the House’s Constitutional Legislation Committee, noted in a Telegram post on Thursday.
“The Federation Council can consider all issues related to the entry of new regions into Russia only after the relevant treaties have been signed, and that is exactly what will be done at the next Chamber meeting on October 4th,” he wrote.
The declaration of annexation comes after so-called referendums took place this week – with a vote that was not followed by independent monitors and widely condemned by Western governments as a “farce”.
The EU proposed a new package of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, targeting “those involved in the illegal occupation and annexation of areas of Ukraine”, including “the Russian authorities in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia and other individuals Russians who organized and facilitated the fake referendums in these four occupied territories of Ukraine”.
Source: CNN Brasil