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    Parliamentarian Manlio de Stefano confirmed that an Italian delegation will visit Crimea.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) An Italian delegation will visit Crimea, parliamentarian Manlio de Stefano confirmed to Sputnik on Wednesday.

    "Anyway I can confirm our visit," de Stefano, a member of the Five Star Movement party, told Sputnik.

    Earlier media reports claimed the Italian delegation visit would take place in October.

    On July 23-24, a delegation of 10 French parliamentarians visited the Crimean peninsula where they met with local officials, despite the French Foreign Ministry calling the trip a violation of international law.

    French lower-house National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee member Thierry Mariani said earlier this week that the lawmakers would visit Crimea again in October.

    In March 2014, Crimea seceded from Ukraine, voting overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia in a referendum. The move was not recognized by Kiev or the West, with the latter imposing sanctions on Russia over what it called a Crimean "annexation."

    In March, former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama visited the peninsula, urging Japan to lift the sanctions against Russia and recognize the legality of the Crimean referendum.


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