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'Anyone with sense of fairness should accept the choice of the Crimeans'

Published time: March 17, 2014 15:16
People wrapped with Russian flags watch fireworks during celebrations after the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014.( Reuters / Thomas Peter)

The referendum in Crimea was well-organized, there is nothing to be said against the vote as everything was up to international standards, Aymeric Chauprade, senior foreign affairs adviser for Marine Le Pen and observer at the Crimea referendum, told RT.

RT: Can you describe what you observed during the voting?

Aymeric Chauprade: We are living in a historical time. The people of Crimea have chosen in a massive vote to be reunified with Russia. It's quite an amazing time and people are incredibly glad. All of the day I was an observer in different places, in Simferopol, in Sevastopol and I can certify that it was a democratic choice and a historical choice for the people. It was a very peaceful day, people voted massively and now we know the result which is quite incredible. And I think and I hope that the Western world will be fair because we have a massive vote in favor of reunification with Russia, with homeland.

RT: Has everything been up to international standards? Did everything go as any other election or referendum would go?

AC: Yes. In terms of international standards I can certify as I told you because I was in several voting stations. Everything was OK, well-organized, people were very peaceful. You can verify the list. You can see everything.

RT: What's the reaction to the referendum in the streets of Crimea?

AC: There are fireworks, people are very glad. It’s incredible and I’m very glad as a French [person] to be here, I’m very proud because I feel the freedom for these people. They have decided to take into their hands their destiny, their future. Anyone who has sense of fairness should accept that choice and see that it is something incredible. I hope that the western world will see that because there is nothing to say against that vote.

RT: Were you surprised that the West has now come out and say that this vote was illegal? You were there, you saw the people, you saw the turnout. Is that a fair judgment from their side?

AC: It’s impossible to say that this vote is illegal. Of course, it is a legal vote because we are talking about real men and women who are Russian in their heart, in their history and of course there is a double legitimacy and historic legitimacy because in a long-term view Crimea has been part of Russia. And political legitimacy because we are talking about the democratic choice and we are talking about democratic parliament that is the Rada and the choice to decide themselves. So if we do not accept that vote there would be a problem, it means we are in double standards because it means they [the West] accept democracy when that’s according to their strategic interests and they refuse democracy when it’s not according to their own interests.

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Comments (14)

 

Emmett 06.04.2014 00:53

[quote name='' time='17.03.2014 20:41']The vote in Crimea can not be compared to those in Venice or Scotland as there aren't occupying forces in those. [/quote]

Th ere were no occupying forces in Crimea. The Russian troops were already lawfully there by mutual agreement with Ukraine.

The US practice military diplomacy all the time . . . in Libya & Iraqi for example. The citizens in those countries are fighting to kick the US out. In contrast the Crimean people are happy to be a part of Russia again. This does not in any way concern the US/EU/NATO.




 

Asoly 18.03.2014 07:53

fridrik777 18.03.2014 00:43

How is this vote fair?! You have an election with thousands of foreign troops standing around outside polling stations?! What about having a vote for the entire country of Ukraine?!

A merica could announce tomorrow that it is going to carry a referendum in all of Russia's former provinces and they would overwhelmingly vote to become part of America. IS THIS FAIR?!!!

Yo u people are insane.

  


You have no idea what you are talking about. America has nothing to do with all of Russia's former provinces. And Russia has a lot to do with them.

 

fridrik777 18.03.2014 00:43

How is this vote fair?! You have an election with thousands of foreign troops standing around outside polling stations?! What about having a vote for the entire country of Ukraine?!

A merica could announce tomorrow that it is going to carry a referendum in all of Russia's former provinces and they would overwhelmingly vote to become part of America. IS THIS FAIR?!!!

Yo u people are insane.

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