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31 July '17

International Association of Friends of Crimea will start its work in November

Ongoing International Association of Friends of Crimea, the decision to establish which was adopted during the III Yalta International Economic Forum, will start its systematic work after founding general meeting in the November of the current year.

General meeting of the International Association of Friends of Crimea will take place within international conference “Crimea in International Context” in Livadia Palace, commented the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea under the President of the Russian Federation, Georgy Muradov. “It is of vital importance for Crimea. This initiative belongs to to Crimean people, bur our friends, who are willing to support us. They will have an opportunity to see with the8ir own eyes positive changes in Crimea – in economy and tourism. Friends of Crimea will attract attention of international players to the problems of the peninsula, entailed by sanction policy and actions of Ukraine. We reckon on serious and long-term effect”, - said Mr. Muradov to the “Izvastiya” newspaper.

One of the authors of the Association is French financial expert and investor Jean Pierre Thomas, ex-advisor of the ex-President of France Nicolas Sarkozy. ”Several European Parliamentarians, among which most active were Italian and Cyprian deputies supported his initiative. We expect the membership of more than 50 foreign politicians” – spoke Mr. Muradov.

Jean Pierre Thomas also commented to “Izvastiya” newspaper, that Association should promote positive image of Crimea as a part of the Russian Federation. “We speak about general rehab of the peninsula, attracting investments and tourism development”, - said. Mr. Thomas.

Meetings of the International Association of Friends of Crimea will take place within Yalta International Economic Forum. “We have plans to hold the meeting on the sidelines of the Yalta Forum. This would be consistent because the Forum is the biggest international event in Crimea and one of the main tasks of the Forum is international networking: business, political and cultural. In case the founding parties of the Association will accept our invitation, we will provide an opportunity to hold the meeting within the scope of YIEF-2018, which will take place on April, 19-21. We expect more than 200 international participants – they will have an opportunities to join the Association and take part in its work”, - said the Director of the YIEF Foundation, Sergey Lazutkin. 

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