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First day of French MPs visit to Crimea triumphant — Russian lawmaker

July 24, 2015, 8:57 UTC+3 YALTA
This is the first visit of West European parliamentarians to Crimea since March 2014, Leonid Slutsky, coordinator of the parliamentary group for relations with the French Parliamen, notes
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View over Balaklava, Crimea

View over Balaklava, Crimea

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YALTA, July 24. /TASS/. The visit of French parliamentarians to Crimea has started triumphantly, Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Ties with Compatriots Committee at the State Duma lower house of parliament, coordinator of the parliamentary group for relations with the French Parliament said on Friday.

"I don’t like high-flown words. But I can say with confidence that the visit is beginning triumphantly," he told TASS, commenting on the results of the French delegation’s first day of visit to Crimea on Thursday. The head of the Duma committee said that this is the first visit of West European parliamentarians to Crimea and Sevastopol since March 2014.

On Friday, July 24, the group of French parliamentarians will continue its tour of the Republic of Crimea, visiting the Federal City of Sevastopol. The delegation members will meet there its governor Sergey Menyailo and representatives of the City Legislative Assembly. The guests will also visit several exhibitions and museums.

The delegation of members of both houses of French parliament, which is led by Thierry Mariani, France's former Transport Minister who represents the Republicans party in parliament and chairs the Franco-Russian Dialogue association, arrived in Crimea on Thursday.

The MPs have contacts with local officials and rank-and-file residents.

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