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Russia: Most Crimeans "seem happy to be back in Russia" - French MP Mariani01:04

Russia: Most Crimeans "seem happy to be back in Russia" - French MP Mariani

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 25, 2015 at 13:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Deputy of the French National Assembly Thierry Mariani said that the Crimean people “seemed happy to be back in Russia” as well as being “reassured” that they “don't have to face the same situation as people who live in the region of Lugansk and Donetsk, ”at a press conference in Moscow on Saturday. French MP Mariani made the comments after observing the region during a two-day visit.

In response to the French Foreign Ministry expressing its disapproval of the visit, he said that the criticisms and comments the delegation had received were “a bit out of proportion,” before going on to question what some people were “afraid” that they may see during the tour.

He also condemned the “useless” blockade, referring to the current sanctions measures on Russia while referencing the fact that the US has just lifted the blockade on Cuba, a point he also made in Simferopol on Thursday.

Aside from the handful of MEPs who observed the Crimean referendum, the trip marks the first visit by a group of western politicians to the region since its reunification with Russia in March, 2014. The French Foreign Ministry has officially said it does not support the trip, posing it as a private initiative.

Russia: Most Crimeans "seem happy to be back in Russia" - French MP Mariani01:04
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Deputy of the French National Assembly Thierry Mariani said that the Crimean people “seemed happy to be back in Russia” as well as being “reassured” that they “don't have to face the same situation as people who live in the region of Lugansk and Donetsk, ”at a press conference in Moscow on Saturday. French MP Mariani made the comments after observing the region during a two-day visit.

In response to the French Foreign Ministry expressing its disapproval of the visit, he said that the criticisms and comments the delegation had received were “a bit out of proportion,” before going on to question what some people were “afraid” that they may see during the tour.

He also condemned the “useless” blockade, referring to the current sanctions measures on Russia while referencing the fact that the US has just lifted the blockade on Cuba, a point he also made in Simferopol on Thursday.

Aside from the handful of MEPs who observed the Crimean referendum, the trip marks the first visit by a group of western politicians to the region since its reunification with Russia in March, 2014. The French Foreign Ministry has officially said it does not support the trip, posing it as a private initiative.

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