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Russian senator notes Italian MPs' visit to promote economic development in Crimea

A Russian senator stresses economy should be outside politics
The Crimean peninsula Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
The Crimean peninsula
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MOSCOW, October 14. /TASS/. The visit by a delegation of Italian lawmakers and businessmen to Crimea will give an impetus to the development of Crimea’s economy, a Russian lawmaker said on Friday.

"The visit by Italian lawmakers will have a positive effect on Crimea’s economic development," Dmitry Sazonov, a deputy chairman of the economic policy, industry, innovation development and entrepreneurship committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, told journalists.

He said that this visit is to "yield economic advantages." "The economy should be outside politics and despite all the sanctions, the key task is to build good partner relations. Both regions are interested in this cooperation," he noted.

According to Sazonov, Crimea is first of all interested in Italian advanced technologies in the sphere of production. "Northern Italy is a powerful industrial region which is successfully competing with sectoral leaders, for instance, with German industrial regions," he said.

He noted that the sanction policy of the United States and some of European countries "is hitting regions of those countries which have joined these sanctions." "The biggest damage is done to those territories that had traditionally worked with Russia. They are losing money, possibilities, markets and new partners. It is very important for them to cooperate with Russia, including in Crimea," the Russian lawmaker said.

A delegation of business people and parliamentarians from five Italian regions (Veneto, Liguria, Lombardia, Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna) arrived in Crimea to discuss partnership and prospects for the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions with regional authorities and business community.