- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

'International Recognition': French MPs Observe Local Elections in Crimea

© Sputnik / Sergey Malgavko / Go to the mediabankThe Black Sea coast and Mount Ayu-Dag in Gurzuf.
The Black Sea coast and Mount Ayu-Dag in Gurzuf. - Sputnik International
Two French lawmakers have paid a visit to Crimea, showing to the international community that the peninsula is a part of Russia, Zaur Smirnov, the head of Crimea's committee on inter-ethnic relations said Sunday.

SIMFEROPOL (Russia)  (Sputnik) — French lawmakers Thierry Mariani and Nicolas Dhuicq arrived in Crimea to observe local elections, Smirnov told Sputnik.

"French parliament members Thierry Mariani and Nicolas Dhuicq arrived in Crimea for a visit. Their presence indicates peninsula's status as Russian region and ensures the international recognition of this fact," Smirnov said.

Swallow's Nest is a monument of architecture on top of the Aurora Cliff overlooking the Cape of Ai-Todor in Yalta, the Crimea. (File) - Sputnik International
Spanish Party Head Calls Ukraine's Ban on Visiting Crimea 'Worst Dictatorship'
Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014 after almost 96 percent of its voters supported the move through a referendum held in March 2014. The European Union, as well as Ukraine and the United States, did not recognize the referendum results. Russian authorities have repeatedly said that the Crimean residents decided to rejoin Russia in a democratic procedure and that the referendum was conducted in compliance with international law.

Polling stations opened across Russia on Sunday in 82 administrative entities out of 85, with people expected to choose governors in 16 regions and local parliaments in six, in particular.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала