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French politicians headed by Thierry Mariani head to Crimea

Within the program, in particular, meetings are scheduled with the leadership of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea and members of the youth parliament of the peninsula.

A delegation of French politicians headed by the president of the association “Franco-Russian Dialogue” Thierry Mariani arrived in Moscow and flies to Crimea on Wednesday afternoon. Their visit will last until March 16.

As the accompanying delegation was informed by Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, it consists of honorary members of the French parliament, former and current deputies of the National Assembly, representatives of municipal authorities, including the mayors of Brien-le-Château and Biguglia. The program includes meetings with the leadership of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea and members of the youth parliament of the peninsula, visits to the French military cemetery and the cultural center “Alliance Française”.

“French politicians will be in Crimea on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula to the Russian Federation. They will again go to the embankments of Yalta and Sevastopol, where they can meet with ordinary Crimeans and talk about their life in Russia,” said the deputy.

Slutsky recalled that Mariani had twice headed the delegation of French politicians who visited the peninsula in 2015 and 2016. “Thanks to these trips, Europe has learned the truth about the“ Crimean Spring ”and about the return of the Crimea to its native harbor,” he added.
“Many of these politicians were later deprived of key powers in parliamentary structures or even lost the mandates of the deputies of the French National Assembly, but from this they did not cease to serve the truth and believe in common sense, and not to the State Department propaganda,” the Russian parliamentarian concluded.

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