The mayor of an African city, told about his impressions of the Crimea

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The mayor of Abomey-calavi from the African Republic of Benin Georges Bud said that during his visit to the Crimea saw the harmony and unity of the people.

The delegation of Benin arrived in the Crimea with the visit on Monday. Within the first day, a meeting with the mayor of Simferopol by Igor Lukashev.

«Thank you for the warm welcome. I want to say that the distance between our countries actually decreased. The Foundation of our lives is peace. In your city and region, we saw the harmony and unity of the peoples. On return we will try to objectively convey the information and the situation in the Crimea to our citizens,» said Bada, who was quoted by the city administration.

In turn, Lukashev thanked foreign guests for visit and presented Souvenirs.

«Despite the sanctions, the confrontation and the prohibitions of Crimea continue to visit foreign delegations. They subsequently convey to their fellow citizens informed about the situation on the Peninsula. With the representatives of Benin, we discussed a number of important questions, including concerning the development of relations in cultural and economic spheres, outlined ways of cooperation», — said the mayor.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory.

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