State Duma Chairman suggests to demand compensation from Ukraine for 25 years of possession of Crimea
Volodin believes “it would be right if the State Duma committee for economic policy - along with other committees and colleagues from the State Council of Crimea - take up these issue right now.”
Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin has suggested to order Ukraine to compensate Crimea expenses for the fact that it had been its part for 25 years, reports TASS.
“Let’s order out profile committees and committees of Crimea to examine the issue, analyse and estimate it: how much did the economy of Crimea lose due to devastating policy of Ukraine that had been promoted here? How much did the people lose? What rights were violated?” The speaker said Friday at the first joint meeting of the Duma Council and the State Council of Crimea dedicated to the 5th anniversary of reunion of the peninsula and Russia.
“Through our European parliament structures, we’ll go ahead and order Ukraine to compensate everything what Crimea had lost for 25 years,” he said, and after that those who were present gave him a round of applause.
Volodin believes “it would be right if the State Duma committee for economic policy - along with other committees and colleagues from the State Council of Crimea - take up these issue right now.” He ordered his assistant Pyotr Tolstoy to announce numbers - when it’s all ready - in European parliament structures. “This is not only about money,” he clarified and then specified that it is also about “people’s right to study their language and right to speak this language.”
“Ukraine dealt with Crimea extremely dishonorably. Foundational rights of citizens of Crimea were violated: right on language, right to speak this language while getting education. It devastated economy of Crimea and Sevastopol - it’s almost annexation,” the speaker added.
“We should call it like it is within our parliament dimension,” Volodin called and noted that Crimea was, is and will be the Russian territory. “We can’t handle this topic in any other way,” he added. In the speaker’s words, European parliaments should realize that it is about the “reunion of people.”