Under the auspices of the Russian House (formerly Russian Cultural Centre) in Trivandrum, the 7th anniversary of the reunification of Crimea with Russia was celebrated by organising a seminar.
Dr P. Anilkumar, Head of the Department of Political science, Panampilli Government College, Aluva, and observer on International Affairs, Mr P.P. Amal, research Scholar (on Russia and Central Asian Countries), Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and Mr Ratheesh C.Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian House in Trivandrum spoke on this occasion.
In his address, Dr Anilkumar said that the reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation was the most important milestone after the Nation's formation." This achievement has more significance than the common people think. Russia's ability to control the sea and air space in the Black Sea region has increased dramatically. During the seven years, the investment of Russia in Crimea has increased tremendously. This historical event made Vladimir Putin the leader of the world," said Dr Anilkumar
In his speech, Mr Amal said that the reunification of Crimea was important in protecting Russia's coastal borders and trade development. "The possibility of laying a gas pipeline through Crimea is an alternative route for South Stream, which significantly reduces the project's cost. Currently, the largest transit gas pipeline, "South Stream," is supposed to run through the deep central part of the Black Sea in neutral waters. In the case of the Crimean option, the gas pipeline can be further carried out on land in Crimea or on the Crimean shelf through the relatively shallow northern part of the Black Sea. The new economic zones will further contribute to the development of the country," said Mr Amal.
In his address, Ratheesh C. Nair said that the West's interest in Ukraine was only based on the strategic location of Crimea, and the reunification benefited the people entire peninsula, including Ukrainians there. "Political leaders in Ukraine did not go with the sentiments of the Crimean people. Rather they preferred to dance according to the whims and fancies of some western countries. Finally, the Crimean people decided to reunite with Russia through a proper referendum. Today they celebrate the seventh anniversary of their appropriate decision," said Ratheesh C. Nair.