Crimea has rejected criticism of France about the prohibition of foreigners to own land

SIMFEROPOL, April 15 – RIA Novosti. Vice-speaker of the Crimean Parliament Vladimir Bobkov regarded criticism of the French diplomatic mission, concerning the prohibition of foreign nationals and companies to own land in Crimea, as interference in Russia’s internal Affairs.

Earlier, the French Embassy in Ukraine on his Twitter page issued a statement condemning the presidential decree that prohibits foreign citizens and companies buy land in large parts of Crimea and Sevastopol. The Embassy also said that France remains “firmly committed to the full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders”.

According to him, Russia does not allow interference in the internal Affairs of France, giving an assessment of their land use decisions.

Vice-speaker noted that the presidential decree was intended to restore order in the land sector of the Peninsula.

Informed on the official Internet portal of legal information was published the decree of the President of Russia about expansion of the list of frontier territories on which foreign citizens, persons without citizenship and foreign legal entities cannot own land plots the right of ownership. In particular, the list was added in 11 districts and eight cities of the Republic of Crimea and municipalities of Sevastopol. Thus, according to the Chairman of the Committee for state registration and cadastre of the Republic Alexander Spiridonov, foreigners owned more than 11 thousand is already designed in accordance with the Russian legislation, of land plots without data on the Simferopol, Dzhankoy to Krasnoperekopsk and three other areas.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which an overwhelming majority of voters of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol voted for entry into structure of 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 the President of the Russian Federation, the Crimea issue “is closed permanently.”