(MENAFN) The Russian Constitutional Court has accepted President Vladimir Putin's accession treaties, which would allow four former Ukrainian regions to join the Russian Federation following referendums.
According to reports, the court ruled on Sunday to "recognize...as corresponding to the Russian Federation's constitution" the accords that would allow the formerly breakaway People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, as well as southern Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, to lawfully join Russia.
The court also found that the "international treaties" on the inclusion of the four areas were in accordance with the Russian constitution, adding that the integration transition phase would extend until January 1, 2026.
Based on Russian media, Putin picked prominent MPs Andrey Klishas and Pavel Krasheninnikov as his delegates in parliamentary talks on regional integration.
As per Krasheninnikov, anyone living in the new regions would be granted Russian citizenship after taking the oath of loyalty, and the ruble will become the official currency, however settlements in Ukraine's hryvnias will be available before the end of the current year.
The Russian president also transmitted accession treaties, which formalize the merger of four Ukrainian areas into Russian territory, to the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, for confirmation.
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