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State Duma faction against leasing land in west Siberia’s Zabaikalye to China

June 22, 2015, 9:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"It can lead to a situation when there will be more Chinese nationals in Zabaikalye than Russians and they [...] in 20-30 years will state that Zabaikalye is part of China," faction’s member said
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MOSCOW, June 22. /TASS/. Russia’s State Duma stands against leasing 115,000 hectares in western Siberia’s Zabaikalye to China. LDPR (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia) faction intends to initiate State Duma’s address to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, requesting suspension of legal process on the deal.

LDPR faction’s deputy head Yaroslav Nilov told TASS that the draft address to the prime minister has already been developed and will be submitted for the lower house’s consideration today or on Tuesday. Plenary sessions on the draft law will be announced later, he added. "We will ask the prime minister to suspend leasing Russian land to China and sit down at the negotiations table one more time, as not all risks for national security were carefully considered, along with geopolitical consequences," Niliv stressed.

LDPR Vice Speaker Igor Lebedev told TASS "it is a great geopolitical mistake." "It can lead to a situation when there will be more Chinese nationals in Zabaikalye than Russians, and they will be elected [to local governments] next and in 20-30 years will state that Zabaikalye is part of China," Lebedev said.

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