The Norwegian delegation plans to visit Crimea

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mangalapura in photobackpack to the scuttled ships in Sevastopol. Archival photoThe Norwegian delegation plans to visit Crimea© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mangalapura the image Bank

The Norwegian delegation plans to arrive in Crimea as observers in the upcoming elections of the President of Russia, said the Deputy head of the Duma Committee on nationalities, Deputy of the Crimean region Ruslan Balbec.

According to him, the delegation intends to lead the head of the organization Hendrik Weber, who has already visited the Crimea in October of last year.

«Representatives of non-governmental organization «public diplomacy — Norway» expressed a desire to come to the Crimea in the upcoming elections of the President of Russia and to act as public observers of the electoral process,» said Balbec RIA Novosti. «In the European community want to get objective information about the life of the Peninsula. The arrival of the Norwegian delegation is a gesture of distrust to the European foreign policy on the part of ordinary people,» — said the Deputy.

Previously Hendrik Weber during his first visit to Crimea promised to make every effort to convey to the Europeans that Crimea is not dangerous and not an occupied territory. The politician also emphasized that the annexation of Crimea was the will of the people and a desire to live as they live now — in the Russian Federation.

Presidential elections will be held on 18 March, they will be for Crimea and Sevastopol, the first after the reunification with Russia in 2014. Earlier official representative of the Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE Thomas Rymer stated that the Bureau will not monitor the elections of the RF President in the Crimea, as members of the organization did not reach consensus on this issue.

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. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»