Putin to hold talks with Shinzo Abe on April 27Russian Politics & Diplomacy April 25, 10:23
FIFA to sign agreements with new commercial affiliates before Confederations CupSport April 25, 10:19
FIFA Secretary General praises Russian authorities’ commitment to footballSport April 25, 10:14
Israel to hold rally in memory of Red Army VictoryWorld April 25, 8:30
US imposes new sanctions on Syria over suspected chemical attackWorld April 24, 21:23
Russian businessman plans to build sailplane to fly around the globe nonstop in 5 daysScience & Space April 24, 19:50
Roscosmos excludes three cosmonauts from space teamScience & Space April 24, 19:34
Russian Foreign Ministry: Terrorists in Syria may get chemical weapons from Libya, IraqRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 19:05
US not ready yet to restart arms control dialogue, Russian diplomat saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 18:57
MOSCOW, August 1. /TASS/. French lawmakers dared to pay a visit to Crimea despite the unprecedented pressure from the French foreign ministry, a senior Russian lawmaker who accompanied the French delegation said on Monday.
"I want to draw attention to one thing that our [French] colleagues are sure to refrain from dwelling on. Like last year, members of the delegation had again felt unprecedented pressure, including from the French foreign ministry, which had insisted they abandon plans to make a trip to Crimea. But, as we know, none has refused from the trip," Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the committee for the affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, told a news conference at TASS.
"I call on Western European lawmakers to visit Crimea and Sevastopol and tell people in their countries about the present-day realities in these territories," he said.
A delegation of 11 French lawmakers led by French National Assembly member and co-chairman of the Franco-Russian Dialogue Association Thierry Mariani visited Crimea on July 29-31, 2016.