Crimea has fully integrated into Russia, and the Western anti-Russian sanctions were "irresponsible and make no sense", the Head of the American delegation Joe McIntyre said on the results of a five-day visit to the Peninsula. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini called a legal referendum, following which Crimea became part of Russia.
"Crimea is fully integrated into Russia. Having visited the Crimea, we now know why people voted this way. It was in their interest to become part of Russia. We understood why it happened. If I were Crimean, I would have done the same", — D. McIntyre said.
"We liked Crimea, we fell in love with it. We are very surprised that the US policy is quite radical towards Crimea. I see no reason why my government can't become "good friend" of Crimea and Russia", —Mr. McIntyre shared his opinion.
The representative of the delegation believes that the Peninsula does not deserve such an attitude on the American side, and complained that ordinary Americans do not receive "balanced information" and they, as a result, do not know about the situation in which the inhabitants of the Peninsula were.
The delegation consists not only of American public figures. In total, there are about 20 people, including representatives of countries such as the UK, Sweden, Israel and Nepal.
During the visit, they held a round table on the development of public diplomacy, met with veterans, students, journalists and visited local attractions and took part in the May Day demonstration.
Last month, a German delegation visited Crimea, which participated in the work of the V Yalta International Economic Forum and was impressed by the pace of construction in the Russian Crimea.