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    The French Cabinet does not have the authority to tell members of parliament what to say and where to go as it is not its prerogative, as in all democratic countries, French lawmaker Nicolas Dhuicq told Sputnik Thursday.

    France Can't Forbid Its Lawmakers to Visit Crimea - French Politician

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    The French Cabinet does not have the authority to tell members of parliament what to say and where to go as it is not its prerogative, as in all democratic countries, French lawmaker Nicolas Dhuicq told Sputnik Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova – Later in the day, a delegation of French lawmakers, including Dhuicq, will reach the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea for a visit that will last until Sunday. Paris has condemned the move, with French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal terming the visit a breach of international law.

    "It is our duty as members of parliament to be free thinking, we have the right to say what we want, where we want and when we want. So it [the French government] decided it could dictate to us what to do and what not to do. We refused, because in every true democracy, parliament is independent from the government," Dhuicq said, commenting on the remarks of the Foreign Ministry's spokesman.

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    The French delegation will be the first large group of high-ranking Western officials to visit the Crimean Peninsula since it rejoined Russia.

    Crimea seceded from Ukraine and became part of Russia after more than 96 percent of local voters supported the move in a referendum in March 2014.

    Many Western countries, including the entire European Union, refused to recognized the legitimacy of the vote, imposing several rounds of sanctions on Russia over the alleged "annexation" of the peninsula. Moscow insisted that all of its actions were in accordance with international law.

    Russia, France Should Develop Siberian Natural Resources Together

    Europe and France in particular could help Russia explore its resources-rich Siberian region, Dhuicq told Sputnik, as he warned of an impending war for raw materials.

    "Siberia is what we believe we must develop together between Russia and Europe, between Russia and France," Dhuicq said.

    Nicolas Dhuicq said the two nations should "be together again" to develop Siberia; exchanging technologies and know-how for the sake of a better future for their children.

    Dhuicq condemned the rift between Russia and France over Ukraine. He said the Ukrainian conflict destroyed the "love affair" between Moscow and Paris, and pushed Russia into the arms of China.

    Dhuicq added that he expects there to be a war over control of raw materials in the world this century.

    After Russia’s relations with the West deteriorated following the start of the 2014 Ukraine crisis, Moscow boosted it cooperation with China, negotiating gas delivery contracts and intensifying diplomatic ties.

    Under the 2014 contract, Russia and China plan to build a gas pipeline called the Power of Siberia to pump an annual 38 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to its eastern neighbor for a period of 30 years.

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