More than 60 delegations from dozens of countries have visited Crimea this year bypassing Western restrictions, the republic's deputy prime minister said.

SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — Over 60 delegations from dozens of countries have come to Russia’s southwestern Crimea region this year, defying Western restrictions, the republic’s deputy prime minister said Tuesday.

"We have had guests from France, Italy, Jordan and many other nations. The country count is already at several dozens…This year alone has seen over 60 delegations visit Crimea," Georgy Muradov said during a press conference at the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

A dozen of French lawmakers led by Thierry Mariani, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, went to Crimea last month to meet with local officials and residents of the Black Sea peninsula, which voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia in a March 2014 referendum.

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