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Crimea’s prosecutor to head Society of Russian-Japanese Friendship

March 12, 2015, 0:37 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL

The idea to create such a society belongs to Oleg Belaventsev, the presidential envoy in the Crimean Federal District

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SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 12 /TASS/. Crimea’s Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya will a society of Russian-Japanese friendship to be set up in Crimea after a Japanese delegation led by Japan’s former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama signs a framework agreement in Sevastopol on Thursday.

The idea to create such a society belongs to Oleg Belaventsev, the presidential envoy in the Crimean Federal District. He also suggested that Crimea’s Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya, who is very popular in Japan, head the Russian-Japanese friendship society.

"If Poklonskaya represents the Russian side, any person will agree to co-head the society from the Japanese side," Hatoyama, who is the head of the Japan-Russia friendship society, said.

Poklonskaya took part in a meeting between the Crimean leadership and the Japanese delegation at the Japanese side’s request.

"I have heard a lot about you and your activities. Several members of our delegation, including me, wanted to see Ms. Poklonskaya here. We are happy that she is here," Hatoyama said.

For her part, Poklonskaya thanked the former Japanese prime minister for his high assessment of the Crimean referendum that took place on March 16, 2014.

"It is a great honor for me to hear you say that the referendum passed in full compliance with Ukrainian and international laws. The prosecutor’s office stood on the side of the law both prior and after the referendum. In Kiev, everything was different. I am surprised when the international community does not react to the shootings of women and children in Ukraine but sees violations of some clauses and paragraphs in Crimea," Poklonskaya stressed.

She also invited the Japanese delegation to visit Crimea’s Prosecutor’s Office as guests.

It turned out that Vladimir Konstantinov, the speaker of the Crimean State Council /parliament/, is fond of judo while the republic’s head, Sergei Aksyonov, is the head of a Sumo association. Konstantinov suggested holding sport competitions after sanctions on Russia have been lifted.

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