If in the Crimea in March of last year was not a referendum, could be events similar to those that occur in the Donbass, said the head of the delegation of French parliamentarians, who visited the Crimea on Thursday, Thierry Mariani.
"I was two months ago in Severodonetsk, Kramatorsk And Slavyansk, I saw destruction And talked with refugees. The first victims of such events – civilians. And when we look at what happens in places of intense action, we can only congratulate you that you work to defend here, – said Mariani at the meeting with the MPs of the state Council of the Republic." And, maybe If you hadn't adopted the opinion on the referendum, maybe If you hadn't appealed to the people, maybe in this case, when he described the events in Lugansk And Donetsk, followed by the name of the Crimea", - has added he, RIA " Novosti ".
Mariani paid homage to the Crimean Parliament with the landmark decision. The plane on Thursday with a delegation from France headed by people's Deputy of the National Assembly of the party " the Republicans ", co-chair of the Association Franco-Russian dialogue " Thierry Mariani landed at the airport of Simferopol. Remember, French foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reacted with hostility to the visit of the deputies in the Crimea, the French deputies advised to refrain from travelling to the Peninsula. On Thursday, the head of the French delegation of parliamentarians Thierry Mariani said that the elected officials are feeling the pressure in connection with a trip to the Crimea, but it is not a serious problem. The delegation included 10 French MPs who will visit Yalta, Simferopol And Sevastopol, where he will meet with the competent local authorities, residents And travelers on embankments. French parliamentary delegation consists of 10 deputies And a Senator. Eight participants – the center-right members of the party of Nicolas Sarkozy "Republicans" (former " Union for a popular movement ), one – from centrists And leftists. At the meeting with the French delegates, who arrived in the Russian capital on Thursday, the speaker of the State Duma of Russia Sergei Naryshkin said that the majority of residents of Crimea during the years of peace annexation of Ukraine in the period from 1991 to 2014 feel in a foreign land And wanted to be back in Russia. March 16, 2014 Crimea held a referendum on the status of autonomy, more than 96% of participants who were in favor of joining region in Russia. On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of the Crimea And Sevastopol a part of Russia, as well as the decree about formation of the Crimean Federal district.