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    Russia Ready to Allow Int'l Organizations to Visit Crimea

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    Russia is ready to allow international organizations to visit Crimea if they do not use these visits as a political tool, Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — When asked whether Russia would allow a mission of observers to come to Crimea, Matvienko told reporters:

    "We are not against foreign organizations and parties arriving in Crimea, but only if this is not used by certain structures as a politically biased tool."

    A Ukraine-authored draft resolution is expected to be submitted to the UN General Assembly's consideration. The document calls for international monitoring of the human rights situation in Crimea.

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