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Kremlin-4 Ukraine Oblasts To Be 'Folded Into' Russia Tomorrow


Comments from Kremlin spox Dmitri Peskov hitting wires:

  • Kremlin: Putin will hold a signing ceremony in the Kremlin tomorrow to "add territories" from Ukraine into Russia and will also give a "major speech" in the State Duma
  • Kremlin: Phone conversation between President Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 'being prepared'. [Three large Turkish state banks have recently stopped using Russia's Mir payment system, big blow to Russian financial sector]
  • Kremlin: Question of Nord Stream 1 future operations is of a technical nature; incidents on pipelines 'very dangerous situation' which needs investigation; investigation would require cooperation between a number of countries
  • Kremlin on report that Russian ships were seen near Nord Stream leaks: There was much more NATO presence there

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