At a meeting on Tuesday, the Federation Council will consider the issue of ratifying treaties on the accession of the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to Russia, and constitutional laws on the admission of regions to the Russian Federation and the formation of new subjects will also be considered. Consideration of documents may take place in the presence of the heads of new entities, said the chairman of the constitutional committee of the Federation Council Andrey Klishas. Referendums on the entry of the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions into the Russian Federation were held on September 23-27. According to the results of processing 100% of ballots in the DPR, 99.23% of those who voted for joining the Russian Federation, in the LPR – 98.42%, in the Kherson region – 87.05%, in the Zaporozhye region – 93.11%.
France expects the completion of the preparation of a new package of sanctions against Russia in the coming days and looks forward to its early adoption. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Catherine Colonnaspeaking at a meeting of the National Assembly (lower house of parliament). “France wants a speedy adoption of a new package of European sanctions, which should be completed in the coming days,” she said. The head of the diplomatic department noted that France and the European Union are pursuing an “unprecedentedly tough sanctions policy” against Russia, where, according to her, 1.2 thousand individuals and more than 100 companies are already under sanctions. At the same time, she added that “neither France nor any other G7 country [G7] is not at war with Russia” and expressed the opinion that Paris and other Western countries are only helping Ukraine to exercise its right to defense.
President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev did not join the joint statement of the presidents of nine Central and Eastern European countries because of disagreement with their position on Ukraine’s membership in NATO, BTA reports. On October 2, the Presidents of Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Slovakia – Andrzej Duda, Milos Zeman, Alar Karis, Egils Levits, Gitanas Nauseda, Stevo Pendarovski, Milo Djukanovic, Klaus Johannis and Zuzana Chaputova expressed support for Ukraine’s accession to NATO. “We strongly support the decision of the NATO summit in Bucharest in 2008 regarding the future membership of Ukraine,” they said in a statement. As explained in the press service of Radev, the statement following the meeting in Bucharest, in which Bulgaria was also a participant, was made “in a completely different security environment.” It is required that Ukraine’s entry into the ranks of the bloc does not lead to the risk of direct involvement of NATO countries in the conflict due to military operations on the territory of the republic. “The decision on Ukraine’s entry into NATO should be made only after the development of clear parameters for a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which must be accepted and implemented by both states,” the press service explained the president’s position.
The UK government will continue to provide military and economic assistance to Ukraine both during the hostilities until all the goals set by Kyiv are achieved, and after them, when rebuilding the destroyed infrastructure. This was stated by the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom James Cleverly. “We will help them until the war is won. We will help them until their sovereignty is restored. We will never recognize the annexation of Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Zaporozhye or Crimea [к России]. it [часть] Ukraine. And when Ukraine wins this war, we will help them rebuild their homes, economies and communities,” Cleverly said in excerpts from a speech he will deliver Tuesday night at the ruling Conservative Party convention in Birmingham.
The Armenian Defense Ministry accused the Azerbaijani armed forces of firing mortars at their positions on the border. “On October 3, at about 21.30 (20.30 Moscow time), units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, using mortars and large-caliber small arms, opened fire in the direction of Armenian combat positions located on the eastern section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” the press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry wrote on social networks. Aram Torosyan. According to him, as a result of retaliatory actions, the Azerbaijani side ceased fire, there were no losses from the Armenian side.
Turkey has asked Russia to defer part of payments for natural gas supplies until 2024, Bloomberg reports citing sources. Turkish state-owned energy importer Boru Hatlari ile Petrol Tasima AS, or Botas, is seeking to defer part of the payments until 2024. At the same time, as the interlocutors of the agency noted, it is not yet clear whether these negotiations will be crowned with success. According to media reports, Turkey’s dependence on energy imports has increased pressure on its currency and budget. Thus, the Turkish lira has depreciated by more than 28 percent against the dollar since the beginning of the year. It is noted that this was the largest indicator among emerging markets after the Argentine peso. At the same time, Turkey’s trade deficit in August more than doubled compared to the same month last year and reached $11.2 billion, writes Bloomberg.
In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, more than 7,000 people took to the streets on Monday evening to protest against Germany’s energy policy and its implications for companies and consumers. This was reported on October 3 by the newspaper Die Welt. Demonstrators gathered in 15 cities on German Unity Day (October 3), including the cities of Schwerin, Wismar, Ludwigslust, Neubrandenburg, Güstrow and Waren, police said. According to the newspaper, in Neubrandenburg, where there were several hundred participants, one demonstrator called for an energy policy that remains accessible. Also, the protesters called for a peaceful dialogue instead of supplying weapons to Ukraine and marched with pickets on which “Friendship” was written in Russian.
President of the U.S.A Joe Biden announced that he intends to run for a second term in 2024, ABC reported on Monday. According to his information during a meeting with a preacher Al Sharpton in September, he told Tom that he was “going to do it again” in the context of his presidential candidacy. As the channel notes, despite the fact that Biden’s supporters have repeatedly announced his intention to run for a second term, the current head of the American administration himself has recently avoided any unequivocal statements on this topic.