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    June 2, 2016

    Bolivia's Evo Morales pledges to recognize Crimea and support "anti-imperialist Russia"

    June 2, 2016 - 
    Translated by J. Arnoldski 

    Bolivian President Evo Morales stated on Thursday in an interview with RIA Novosti that Russia can count on his country’s support for recognizing Crimea.

    Responding to the question as to whether it should be expected that Sucre will take additional steps towards a Bolivian recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, Morales said:

    “We are together with Russia in the case of any American aggression against Russia. Whether we are dealing with aggression of a political, economic, geographic, or military character, let Russia count on Bolivia and our support.”

    According to the president, Bolivia has deep disagreements with the policies which the US is pursuing in Latin America.

    “Thanks to the unity of the Bolivian people as a result of which we are politically liberated from the US Embassy and economically liberated from the International Monetary Fund, things are better for us now. And the people support this. We are here as anti-imperialists, and we strongly support anti-imperialist countries,” Morales said.

    “And above all, we respect Russia and admire her,” the head of state added.

    In recent times, the issue of recognizing Crimea as a part of Russia has become all the more prevalent. On Tuesday, May 31st, for example, intentions to submit a resolution for consideration by the deputies of the parliament of the Germany city of Quakenbruck was announced by the head of the Left faction, Andreas Maurer. 

    On May 18th, the Italian region of Veneto’s regional council adopted an appeal to the national government which called to condemn the EU’s policy towards Crimea and abolish European sanctions against Russia. In June, similar documents are to be considered by the councils of two more Italian regions, Lombardy and Liguria. 

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