The State Duma at a plenary session on Monday, October 3, will consider international treaties on the entry of the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions into Russia and draft constitutional laws on the formation of new Russian subjects. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin On September 30, he spoke in the Kremlin following the results of referendums in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, after which he signed agreements with their heads on the admission of regions to Russia. Later, the Constitutional Court of Russia recognized the treaties on the admission of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, to the Russian Constitution, in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Four ratification treaties and four draft constitutional laws – two for each territory – were submitted to the State Duma on Sunday.
The Ukrainian authorities unilaterally closed the entrance to the liberated part of the Zaporozhye region through the only checkpoint on the line of contact in the city of Vasylivka. This was announced on Sunday by the head of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region. Evgeny Balitsky. “The Kyiv regime unilaterally completely blocked the exit through its checkpoint towards the Vasilyevka checkpoint to the liberated part of the Zaporozhye region,” Balitsky wrote on his Telegram channel. “They deliberately create obstacles for our countrymen who seek to leave dangerous territories. There is a direct violation of people’s rights, restricting their movement and freedom. People were taken hostage, making them sacred victims of their interests,” he commented on the actions of the Ukrainian authorities. Balitsky suggested that the Ukrainian authorities, for a provocative purpose, could prepare shelling of civilians trying to leave the part of the Zaporozhye region controlled by the Ukrainian side. A similar incident occurred on 30 September.
NATO does not respond to the requests of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky about help, since Kyiv is not part of the alliance, Germany’s permanent representative to the military bloc said in an interview with Spiegel Rüdiger Koenig. “Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Therefore, there is no obligation for collective self-defence. We also by no means want NATO to take an active part in hostilities,” the diplomat said in response to the remark that the Ukrainian leader had repeatedly asked the alliance for help. The permanent representative stressed that NATO’s entry into the conflict would lead to a big war, in which 30 states would suddenly become participants, unwilling to do so. Koenig also noted that assistance to Kyiv from its Western allies from NATO should be considered as the actions of individual countries, and not the alliance itself.
NATO will not allow Ukraine to join the alliance until the end of the Russian special operation, observers of The New York Times say Andrew Kramer and Dan Bilefsky. In the article, they emphasized that if the country were accepted, the North Atlantic Alliance would have to apply the fifth article of the charter on the mutual defense of all members. “Since the alliance adheres to the principle of collective defense, it is extremely unlikely that it will accept a country taking part in hostilities into its ranks,” observers noted. The authors of the publication quote the words of experts, according to whom the accelerated entry of Ukraine into NATO seems unattainable. They predict that this procedure could take years. At the same time, Kyiv must fulfill a number of requirements for this, in particular, to demonstrate a commitment to democracy, individual freedom and support for the rule of law. While Ukrainian leaders say their country meets these criteria, some US and European officials argue otherwise.
The heads of state and government of 27 EU countries at an informal summit in Prague on October 6-7 will discuss strengthening sanctions against Russia, further military and financial assistance to Ukraine, as well as protecting the community’s critical infrastructure after the Nord Stream sabotage. This was announced on Sunday by the head of the European Council Charles Michel in a letter addressed to EU leaders ahead of the meeting. According to him, the armed conflict “in Ukraine continues to rage”, in connection with which the EU countries must be “united and firm in their response.” “Our solidarity with Ukraine and its people remains unwavering. We will continue to increase our restrictive measures to further increase pressure on Russia to end the war. At our meeting, we will discuss how to continue providing strong economic, military, political and financial support to Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will also look at how best to protect our critical infrastructure,” he wrote. In addition, much attention will be paid to the energy crisis, Michel said.
British energy regulator Ofgem said the country is facing a gas shortage amid the energy crisis, the Times reported. It is possible that the UK will declare a ‘gas supply emergency’ in which supplies to some gas-fired power plants could be cut off, rendering them unable to generate electricity. In this regard, Ofgem points out that a number of gas-fired power plants may go bankrupt. The announcement is likely to heighten fear of planned power outages as the UK relies on gas-fired power plants for the largest share of its electricity supply. The regulator suggests that the coming winter will be “more difficult” than the previous one.
Letter calling for a vote on confidence in the British Prime Minister Liz Truss was submitted to the Parliamentary Committee of 1922, uniting ordinary deputies from the ruling Conservative Party. This was reported on Sunday by Bloomberg, citing sources. According to him, the reason for dissatisfaction with the head of government was the presented program to combat the economic crisis, which is based on a sharp reduction in taxes in the country. The agency noted that 12 Tory deputies had already publicly expressed their disagreement with the government’s actions. The unofficial leader of this group is the former Minister of Housing, Regional Development and Local Government Michael Govewho is convinced that tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens in the face of high inflation of about 10% per annum will have negative political consequences.
The Houthis from the Shiite movement Ansar Allah allowed new attacks on the oil infrastructure of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The corresponding statement on Sunday, October 2, was broadcast by the Al Masirah TV channel. “Hostile countries do not adhere to the terms of the truce and prevent the Yemeni people from exercising the right to distribute their national wealth to pay the salaries of Yemeni civil servants. Our armed forces are capable of depriving Saudi Arabia and the Emirates of their natural wealth, ”the Shiite group said in a statement. The management and employees of oil industry enterprises in the territories of Arabia and the UAE, as well as their partners, were called to stop work and leave the countries for security reasons.