SEVASTOPOL, April 05 /ITAR-TASS/. No sanctions could divert Russia from the chosen path, State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin told Sevastopol Legislative Assembly members on Saturday, referring to sanctions declared by the West against Russia in connection with the reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation.
"No sanctions will divert us from the chosen path. The path is predetermined not only by our common past, but also by our present," the head of the Russian parliament’s lower house noted.
Naryshkin said he was glad to visit Sevastopol after the city became a part of the Russian Federation. It was a historic event the reunification of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol with the Russian Federation as two new parts of the RF, he noted.
"It is the right of citizens to independently determine their fate. It is a guarantee of security and peaceful life, and it is a chance for development of the city of Sevastopol," Naryshkin said.
Sevastopol joined Russia before great historic dates the 70th anniversary of Crimea's liberation from Nazis and the 70th anniversary of Sevastopol's liberation, he noted.
"We have much work to do during the transitional period," he said. "Sevastopol and Crimea must be completely integrated into the economic, social, financial and legal systems of the RF. Much must be done here."
Naryshkin expects the Sevastopol Legislative Assembly to be integrated into the State Duma's electronic system, including the Electronic Parliament project.
As the chairman of the Russian Historical Society, he said he planned to send historians and other scientists to Crimea to establish cooperation in the area.