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Duma speaker considers foreign states’ reaction to Crimea’s accession to Russia inadequate

March 20, 2014, 14:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“The inadequate reaction is conditioned by hypocrisy of our Western partners and bad knowledge of our history,” Sergei Naryshkin says
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Sergei Naryshkin

Sergei Naryshkin

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MOSCOW, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin considers foreign states’ reaction to events in Crimea inadequate.

“The inadequate reaction is conditioned by hypocrisy of our Western partners and bad knowledge of our history,” Naryshkin said at the Culture Council on Thursday.

The Council is gathering amid important events in Crimea, the speaker said.

He named the singing of reunification treaty with Crimea “historical”. “The history repeats in many respects. Today, 230 years after, Crimea has been admitted to the Russian Federation,” Naryshkin said.

The Manifesto signed by the Empress Catherine II the Great on the accession of the Crimean Peninsula, Taurida Island and Kuban to Russia of April 8, 1783 “proclaimed the rights of residents, who then lived on the territory of Crimea, equal to the rights of Russian Empire’s entities. The Manifesto supports cultural and religious particularities and guarantees the rights of those who lived in Crimea 230 years ago. “Many events repeat,” the speaker said.

“The names of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, writers Leo Tolstoy and Anton Tchekhov, and painter Ivan Aivazovsky unite us with Crimea. Crimea is a venue of many cultures. Russia has always taken an attentive attitude towards the Ukrainian culture. It is very important and indispensable in the difficult times,” Naryshkin said.

“Over the last 23 years, Crimea and Sevastopol have protected their cultural heritage and historical memory. We should be grateful to Crimeans and residents of Sevastopol for special support,” the speaker said.

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On March 18, at the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin, Crimean State Council Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov and Sevastopol Mayor Aleksei Chalyi signed a treaty under which “the Republic of Crimea is deemed to have been admitted to the Russian Federation.” “From the day of the Republic of Crimea’s admission to the Russian Federation, new constituent members, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol as a city of federal significance, shall be created in the Russian Federation,” the document said.

The treaty applies upon signature and enters into force from the date of ratification.

Under the treaty, a transitional period will continue until January 1, 2015 to solve all issues pertaining to the integration of the new constituent members into the economic, financial, credit and legal systems of Russia, into its government system, as well as issues concerning military duty and military service in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Elections in Crimea and Sevastopol will be held on the second Sunday of September 2015. The State Council of Crimea (parliament), the government of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council will continue to perform their functions until then.

President Vladimir Putin appointed Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as rapporteur on constitutional law on the admission of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia during debates in the Duma.

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