John Bonar visited Crimea back in November 2017, whilst there he attended the Friends of Crimea Conference, this article is a review of his panel discussion published in the Crimean press.
He told us about his impressions.
The word “Crimea” in Britain causes a lot of sentiment, an explosion in the minds of people. They believe that the peninsula was annexed by Russia against the will of the people.
What did I see in these few days? This is not only the speeches at the conference, I saw the life of the Crimeans with my own eyes. I walked along the embankment of Yalta, talking with ordinary people, townspeople.
I came to the conclusion that people are united in their opinion, they are united in their aspirations. I believe that being here I can understand the essence of the issue, the reasons why people made such a choice and I can bring this knowledge to the parliament. Summarizing my speech, I want to say that Crimea has always been Russian, it remains for them and has a Russian perspective.
This article was initially published in Russian on Conference Crimea.
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