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Russian lawmaker blasts allegations of human rights violations in Crimea as cynical

November 16, 2016, 13:09 UTC+3 SEVASTOPOL

A lawmaker stresses Kiev regime’s supporters imposed a food and energy blockade on the peninsula, so allegations that Russia isolated the people of Crimea and Sevastopol is the height of cynicism

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SEVASTOPOL, November 16 /TASS/. A Russian State Duma deputy has dismissed the allegations that Russia is oppressing Crimea’s population as cynical.

"It is the Kiev regime’s supporters who imposed a food and energy blockade on the peninsula. Ukraine’s anti-Russian remarks at the United Nations laid the foundation for this anti-Russian resolution," Dmitry Belik, a Russian State Duma deputy from Sevastopol, told TASS on Wednesday.

"The Ukrainian government’s allegations that Russia isolated the people of Crimea and Sevastopol is the height of cynicism. It is the Kiev regime’s supporters who imposed the food, energy and transport blockades against the peninsula. Russia did everything possible for the people of Crimea to alleviate the consequences of these provocations, which the saboteurs apparently carried out on behalf of Ukraine," Dmitry Belik, a Russian State Duma deputy from Sevastopol, told TASS on Wednesday.

According to him, the United Nations General Assembly resolution recommends UN representatives visit Sevastopol and Crimea in order to see for themselves that "no troops are marching on Bolshaya Morskaya Street (in Sevastopol) and that no reservation areas have been created for Crimean Tatars in Khersones."

"All these images which are in fact figments of Mr. Dzhemilev’s (Ukrainian Rada deputy Mustafa Dzhemilev) imagination, are deliberate lies conjured up by an individual who is fulfilling orders from his western patrons. What is dangerous is that the words of these politicians are used for staging acts of sabotage against Russia," Belik stressed.

On November 15, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a resolution, which condemned human rights violations in Crimea and urged Russia to allow international observers to visit the peninsula. The United States, Britain, Canada and the European Union states, were among the 73 countries that had voted in favor of the resolution.

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