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    A delegation of Italian lawmakers will visit Crimea to support Russian-Italian ties.

    ROME (Sputnik) — A delegation of Italian members of parliament left for a three-day visit to Crimea on Thursday in a bid to support Russian-Italian ties, former Member of the European Parliament Giulietto Chiesa, who arranged the visit, said.

    "It is a very positive event aimed at deepening the ties between our countries," Chiesa told RIA Novosti.

    Some Italian politicians do not agree with their government's decision to follow the official anti-Russian policy of the European Union of punishing Moscow for incorporating Crimea into Russia, he added.

    Lawmakers from the upper and the lower chamber of the Italian parliament will visit a number of Crimean towns and discuss prospects for further cooperation with top Crimean officials.

    "Italian members of parliament want to see with their own eyes the state of things in Crimea, as they do not place much trust in the biased and even blatantly false information circulated by the Western media on this matter," Chiesa explained.

    More than 96 percent of the Crimean electorate who voted in the referendum in March 2014 did so in favor of seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia. The West and Kiev did not recognize the results of the referendum, accusing Moscow of annexing the former Ukrainian region.

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