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Crimean authorities expect French MP’s visit to help in lifting sanctions

July 29, 2016, 19:36 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL

A delegation of 11 French lawmakers is on a three-day visit to Crimea

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The Crimean peninsula

The Crimean peninsula

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SIMFEROPOL, July 29. /TASS/. Crimea’s authorities hope that the activities of the French lawmakers who have arrived on a three-day visit to Crimea will help to lift the anti-Russian sanctions, deputy speaker of the Crimean parliament Remzi Ilyasov said on Friday.

"I hope you will continue this work and it will help to finally drop the sanctions as they pose problems to all citizens of Europe and citizens of Russia and hamper the solution of problems of repressed peoples," Ilyasov, who addresses issues of the Crimean Tatars in the Crimean parliament, said.

According to Ilyasov, issues of interethnic concord are of top priority not only in Crimea but also in Russia and Europe.

"We pay most serious attention to these issues," he said, adding that in the past 23 years there had been no bloodshed conflicts in Crimea. "We are committed to preserve such state of things and adopt only those decision that promote interethnic and interreligious peace," he underscored.

A delegation of 11 French lawmakers led by French National Assembly member and co-chairman of the Franco-Russian Dialogue Association Thierry Mariani arrived on a three-day visit to Crimea on Friday. The program of the visit includes meetings with the local authorities, local residents and the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Alexander Vitko. The French lawmakers will also take part in celebrations of the Navy Day in Sevastopol. The delegation is accompanied by member of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house Leonid Slutsky, like a year ago.

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