Pushkov: Western politicians go to Crimea, despite the protests of Kiev
Head of the state Duma on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov said that the objections of the authorities of Ukraine do not interfere with Western politicians to visit the Crimean Peninsula.
Ukraine's foreign Ministry condemned on the last working day of the week trip to the Crimea the Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi, noting that it passed without approval from the Ukrainian side.
"Kiev has condemned the visit of Berlusconi in the Crimea. But condemnations nothing change: Western politicians are already travelling and will travel to the Crimea ", - wrote Pushkov V.
in July in the Crimea was visited by the French deputies. A delegation of 10 French people's deputies visited Yalta, Simferopol and Sevastopol, where he held a number of meetings with the local leadership. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine declared it " an act of disrespect to national sovereignty of Ukraine and conscious violation of the law of Ukraine ". The French foreign Ministry called the visit by the failures of international law. However, after the visit of the French politicians in the Crimea, the desire to visit the Peninsula delegations from different countries of the world.
Crimea became a Russian region after the March 2014 referendum in which a Large number of residents at that time still Ukrainian autonomy, do not recognise the legitimacy of the February coup in Ukraine, voted for joining the Russian Federation. In the capital of Russia notice that the referendum in Crimea complies with international law and the UN Charter. Ukraine still considers Crimea its, But at the time occupied territory.