Crimea’s reunification with Russia is consonant with the aspirations of both the Crimeans themselves and all Russian citizens, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said addressing participants in the Territory of Meanings National Educational Youth Forum on Monday, reports TASS.
"Crimea has returned. The fact that April 19 will now be the day of the accession of Crimea, Taman and Kuban to Russia, the way it happened in 1773, reflects the aspirations of Crimeans and all our citizens," he said.
Lavrov recalled that during the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15, many foreigners who visited the country were able to see for themselves that some stereotypes concerning life in Russia were unsubstantiated. He called on Western politicians to travel to Crimea to see with their own eyes what life there is like.
"There is much talk about Crimea. The answer is the same: come and see with your own eyes," he noted. "More and more members of the public, reporters and businesspeople come to Crimea to make sure that people in Crimea live in accordance with their decision, not the way it happens when someone occupies or annexes a certain territory."