The people's Deputy of the National Assembly of France, member of the parliamentary Council on foreign relations Thierry Mariani said in an interview the Agency that considers Crimea a historic part of Russia.
"Whatever political statements, we never fight against history. The historical reality is much stronger than the temporary political positions. The Crimea is in Russian historical, cultural and demographic terms, even taking into account the fact that little more than fifty years He has belonged to Ukraine ", - said the French politician.
He noticed that if Crimea had not been annexed to Russia, as it was demanded by local residents, " today the civil war was not only within the Donbas and Crimea ".
While Mariani noted that his words are not a reflection of the official position of France." It is the position of several parliamentarians, my personal position and the position of a significant part of the society, " He said.
first it was announced that the French delegation, arrived in the Russian Federation, wants to visit the Crimean Peninsula. Deputies will visit Yalta, Simferopol and Sevastopol, where he will hold a series of meetings with the competent local authorities.
from the French delegation, headed by people's Deputy of the National Assembly, member of the parliamentary Council on foreign relations Thierry Mariani, the Russian Federation arrived nine parliamentarians. Among them is Senator Yves Pozzo di Borgo, the Mayor of the XVI district of Paris Claude Goasguen as well as different regions of France.