Russia announced the Italian deputies’ intention to visit the occupied Crimea in mid-October, the head of State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexey Pushkov tweeted.
“Next week, a delegation of MPs from the 4 Italian regional parliaments will arrive in Crimea. The riot of a number of Italian regions against sanctions (anti-Russian - Ed.) continues,” Pushkov wrote.
In his comments to the Russia’s TASS news agency, Pushkov said that the delegation will include about 10 representatives of the parliaments of the Italian provinces of Veneto, Liguria, Tuscany and Lombardy.
The delegation's visit will last three days, October 13 to 16, during which the Italian MPs will hold "meetings with the leadership of Crimea," to understand the mood of the population after the pseudo-elections to Russia’s State Duma.
The elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation were held on September 18.
Earlier, the European Union stated that it would not recognize the election results on the Crimean peninsula, as well as the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation in 2014. A number of countries, including the United States, Canada, France, and Sweden refused to recognize their validity on the territory of the annexed Crimea.
Polish Foreign Ministry has called into question the legitimacy of the parliamentary elections to the State Duma of Russia as a whole.
On September 20, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a Resolution on non-recognition of the legitimacy of the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the 7th convocation, as well as their results and the legal consequences, and accordingly, the State Duma’s composition, powers, acts and decisions. A total of 264 Ukrainian MPs voted for this Resolution.