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Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov believes that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky himself should appeal to the citizens of his country in the territories controlled by the Russian Federation about the possibility of holding referendums there. The Kremlin spokesman said this today, answering journalists’ questions, RIA Novosti reports.
Earlier, the Ukrainian leader said that holding referendums in the territories controlled by Russia on joining the Russian Federation would close the possibility for negotiations between Russia both with Ukraine and with the rest of the world.
“The fact is,” the Kremlin spokesman explained, “that these are the plans of the inhabitants of the region. It’s not like we’re holding a referendum. Here, apparently, it is necessary to understand to whom Zelensky is addressing this statement – to the citizens of Ukraine of the mentioned regions or to the citizens of Russia. If to the citizens and leadership of Russia, then in this case we are the wrong address.”
Recall also today the head of the Zaporozhye region Yevgeny Balitsky signed an order to hold a referendum on the reunification of the region with the Russian Federation. He did this within the framework of the forum of the social movement of the Zaporozhye region “We are together with Russia”, taking place in Melitopol.
We add that on July 28, Peskov said that he did not know about plans to integrate new territories into the Russian Federation. According to him, the inhabitants of the liberated territories of Ukraine themselves will decide on the future of their regions.
Prior to this, the head of the Constitutional Committee of the Federation Council Andrei Klishas pointed out that the integration of new territories into the legal space of the Russian Federation could become “the most important task of the autumn session of parliament this year.”
“No, nothing is known, I can’t say anything,” Peskov commented.