SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — An upcoming visit to Crimea by a group of French lawmakers is proof that anti-Russia sanctions imposed by the West are not working, Head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said Thursday.
A group of French parliamentarians, led by lower-house National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee member Thierry Mariani, plans to visit Crimea July 23-26, following a visit to Moscow.
“This is a recognition of inefficiency of the sanctions against Russia by foreign parliamentarians. France is taking a constructive position,” Aksyonov said.
“They will be able to walk on streets, talk to people,” Aksyonov said.
According to Mariani, the main goal of the visit is to find out the truth about recent developments in Crimea, as Western media creates a one-sided account of events following its reunification with Russia.
Crimea reunified with Russia after a March 2014 referendum in which 96 percent voted to secede from Ukraine. Kiev and a number of Western States refuse to recognize the referendum results.