Four occupied regions in Ukraine have announced that they will hold a vote to join the Russian Federation, with the Kremlin officially annexing these territories, writes the Guardian. Washington says they are against it and will not recognize the results or Russia’s right to part of the state of Ukraine, reports Ukrinform. Donetsk and Lugansk announce a public statement from September 23 to 27, RT reports. Billions in debt will arrive in Serbia for collection in January, says Danas
(illustration, Liz Truss is expected to call on world leaders to join Britain in introducing a long-term tax policy despite US President Joe Biden’s already dismissive response to so-called “economic spillovers”)
Four regions in Ukraine occupied by Russia have announced that they will hold a referendum on joining the Russian Federation, officially annexing the territories by the Kremlin. From Washington, they pointed out that they are against this and that they will not recognize the results, that is, the possible Russian right to part of the state of Ukraine. Voting will take place from September 23 to 27, the leaders from Donetsk and Luhansk announced. Billions of euros in debt to Serbia will be due in January.
Russian referendums in Ukraine
Liz Truss is expected to invite world leaders to join Britain in introducing a long-term tax policy despite the fact that US President Joe Biden has already reacted contemptuously to the so-called “economic spillover” and before their first bilateral talks in New York, writes the Guardian on the front page. In her speech before the UN, the Prime Minister will insist that the free world must prioritize economic development in order to deprive authoritarian states like Russia of the ability to manipulate the global economy.
Four regions in Ukraine occupied by Russia have announced they will hold “referendums” to join the Russian Federation in a series of announcements “that may suggest the Kremlin has made a decision to officially annex the territories,” another front page read. Moscow may be relying on formal annexation and after the successful Ukrainian counter-attack by which Kiev regained large parts of the territory in Kharkiv, the text says.
The USA does not recognize the “referendum”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the most important of the measures against Russia is that it should be designated as a sponsor of terrorism, reports the state news agency Ukrinform. Zelenski pointed this out in a conversation with former US President Bill Clinton. “I said that the USA is an indicator of democracy in the entire civilized world, according to which other countries should be governed. That is why it is important that America remains a leader in supporting Ukraine and putting pressure on Russia,” said Zelenski.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced that the US rejects any attempt by the Russian Federation to hold so-called referendums on the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory and considers it an attack on the country’s sovereignty, is another news published by Ukrinform. If that happens, Washington will never recognize Russia’s right to the allegedly annexed areas and will always see them as part of Ukraine, he added.
Voting from September 23 to 27
Reacting to the announcement of a vote in Donetsk and Lugansk at the end of the week on the issue of joining Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called this illegitimate, asking for more help for Ukraine from the international community, reports the Russian media house RT. As reminded, the referendum will be held from September 23 to 27, while “the nearby Russian-held territories of Zaporozhye and Kherson will also vote from Friday.”
In a separate text, RT broadcasts the announcements of the officials of Donetsk and Luhansk regarding the referendum. The leader of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Leonid Pasečnik, signed the decree to hold the vote, after the parliament unanimously supported the move and set the date. Soon after, Denis Pushilin from the Donetsk People’s Republic joined in, pointing out that the DNR will also hold a similar declaration of the people on the same date.
Vučić at the UN Assembly
The central space on the front page of Politika is dedicated to the President of the Assembly who traveled to the UN General Assembly. Aleksandar Vučić assessed yesterday that realistic forecasts for the world must be even darker than those presented at the beginning of the assembly by the Secretary General of the World Organization, Antonio Guterres. “He talked about several crises, from the Horn of Africa to Afghanistan, mentioning the most difficult one – Ukraine. “Our position is even more difficult,” said Vučić.
At the top of the page, the newspaper also states that the High Court in Belgrade has sent a summons for the trial of four Croatian officers accused of racketeering a column of refugees on the Petrovac road near Bosanski Petrovac in August 1995.
Billions in debt are coming due
Interest rates are rising, the budget is deeper and deeper in the red, and the greatest pressure will follow in January, writes Danas under the headline “Serbias are coming to collect four billion euros”. “I believe that the state will try to extend borrowing as much as possible, in the expectation that interest rates will return to some extent,” said Slobodan Minic. Although not all obligations fall due in the winter, the biggest blow to the budget will be in January, because at the end of that month five-year dinar bonds worth 100 billion dinars will arrive. Aleksandar Vučić said that he will talk to the head of the IMF about the new arrangement.
The Football Association of Belgrade held elections despite the opposition of FK Crvena Zvezda, the newspaper reports, also in the top of the page. “Verbal preparation of war for the head of the FSS”, is the title of the text.
Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.
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