15:38 GMT24 October 2020
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    Chairman of the Israeli Knesset Committee on Education, Culture and Sport Yakov Margi testified to the comfortable living conditions of Crimea residents.

    SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — Yakov headed an Israeli delegation that arrived on Russia’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea on Wednesday, holding a meeting with head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov.

    "I feel comfortable after the visit. From watching citizens go shopping here, watching their movement, it is obvious that people here are tranquil and feel comfortable here," Margi told journalists.

    On Thursday, the Israeli delegation will visit the city of Simferopol.

    Crimea, which has a predominately ethnically-Russian population, seceded from Ukraine to rejoin Russia in March 2014, following a referendum in which over 96 percent of voters supported the move. The Ukrainian government and many Western nations refused to recognize the legality of the vote and introduced sanctions against the region and Russia.

    A human rights mission of the Council of Europe visited Crimea on January 25-31, 2016, holding more than 50 meetings with residents of the peninsula, including the vice chairman of the council of Crimean Tatars, the Mejlis.

    The goal of the mission was to objectively assess the situation involving human rights and the rule of law in Crimea and to prepare a report containing recommendations in a number of key areas.


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