On 3 October 2022, at EU initiative, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Russian Mission to the European Union Kirill Logvinov met with Managing Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the European External Action Service Michael Siebert.
In the course of his visit, Kirill Logvinov handed over the full text of the speech delivered by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Kremlin on 30 September 2022, thoroughly explaining the decision to incorporate the Donetsk People's Republic, Lugansk People's Republic, Zaporozhye Region and Kherson Region into the Russian state. The official emphasised that "condemnation and non-recognition" of the referendums by the European Union would not affect the conscious choice made by the residents of these regions in favour of Russia.
Michael Siebert, referring to the statement issued by the members of the European Council on 30 September 2022, cited the EU approach to the current geopolitical situation and reaffirmed the EU commitment to continue providing Kiev with financial, economic and military assistance. He announced another package of restrictions against Moscow.
In its turn, the Russian side reiterated the illegitimate and unjustified nature of such unilateral measures, which merely undermine global energy and food security while also aggravating the socio-economic situation of Europeans themselves. It was stressed that we will regard Brussels' continuation of its anti-Russian policy, in particular the implementation of the idea to set up an EU military assistance mission for the Kiev regime, as a direct involvement of the European Union as a belligerent party to the conflict in Ukraine, with all the consequences that this would entail.