MOSCOW, September 30 – Novosti. Russia opens not only its doors but also its heart to new territories, welcome home, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Russia does not only open the doors of our home to our brothers and sisters, it opens its heart to them. Welcome home,” Putin said at a concert dedicated to the annexation of new territories to Russia.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of the DPR , LPR , Zaporozhye and Kherson regions signed agreements on the annexation of regions to Russia and the formation of new subjects within the Russian Federation.
Referendums on the issue of joining Russia were held from 23 to 27 September in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions . According to the results of processing 100% of the ballots in the DPR, 99.23% of those who voted for joining the Russian Federation, 98.42% in the LPR, 87.05% in the Kherson region, and 93.11% in the Zaporozhye region. Representatives of a number of Western countries, including the EU , said they did not recognize the results of the referendums. At the same time, the referendum was monitored by international observers, including those from EU countries, who confirmed the free will of citizens.
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“Russia opens not only the doors of our native home for our brothers and sisters, it opens its heart to them. Welcome home,” Vladimir Putin said, speaking to those gathered on Red Square.