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    Serbian Politicians Visit Crimea to Support Its Reunification With Russia

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    Crimea’s reunification with Russia gives hope that one day Kosovo would also rejoin Serbia, Sanda Raskovic Ivic, leader of the Democratic Party of Serbia, said.

    A delegation of Serbian politicians from the Patriotic Bloc which comprises the Democratic Party and members of the Dveri Movement arrived on a visit to Crimea.

    Sanda Raskovic Ivic, leader of the Democratic Party of Serbia, said members of the delegation support the choice of Crimean residents to reunite with Russia and insist on a referendum on Serbia’s status in the European Union.

    On October 27, Serbian politicians are expected to hold an official meeting with Presidential Envoy to Crimea Oleg Belaventsev, Crimea Leader Sergei Aksenov and speaker of the Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov.

    The delegation comprised eight people. On Monday, they met with senior officials of the city of Yalta.

    Raskovic Ivic underscored that in the same way that the Christianization of Rus started in Crimea the Christianization of Serbia began in Kosovo.

    According to the politician, the West does not want to recognize the Crimean referendum, and the same way it is against a referendum in Serbia.

    "Our visit has two meanings. We want to express support for the Russian people and residents of Crimea who have returned to their historical homeland. Your reunification with Russia gives us hope that one day we would bring back Kosovo, the cradle of our history," Raskovic Ivic said.

    The members of the delegation thanked residents of Yalta for their warm welcome and invited them to visit Belgrade.

    Previously headed by ex-Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, the Democratic Party of Serbia was in the Serbian Parliament for many years. However, after the 2014 elections the party failed to clear the five percent barrier and went into non-parliamentary opposition.

    In 2014, the party was headed by Raskovic Ivic who worked as Serbian ambassador to Italy in 2008-2011 and was the president of Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija in 2005-2007.

    The Dveri Movement is an anti-fascist conservative movement. It was close to making it into parliament during the 2012 and 2014 elections, but failed to clear the five percent threshold. 


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