Aksenov recalled Mark Twain’s words about the role of Russia for the United States

Holidaymakers on the waterfront at Yalta. Archive photo

The head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov recalled the visit of Mark TWAIN as part of the American delegation in the Russian Crimea in 1867, their meeting with Emperor Alexander II and the words of the writer of the gratitude of Americans to Russia for support for the independence of the country.

In August 1867, in Crimea, hosted a group of Americans arrived on the Peninsula on the steamship “Quaker city”, their composition was a journalist Samuel Clemens, later known as mark TWAIN said Aksenov.

“26 Aug travelers accepted Emperor Alexander II, who was on vacation in Livadia. Mark TWAIN wrote a solemn greeting to the Emperor on behalf of the American guests. Here is a quote: “America owes Russia. It is a debtor of Russia in many respects, and especially for your continued friendship in the years of its great trials… not for a moment doubt that the appreciation of Russia and its sovereign will live on in the hearts of Americans,” Aksyonov wrote in his Telegram-channel, citing the words of the writer.

Russian membership of Crimea was for the United States the axiom, said Feldman. Then in the United States remembered the Russian support of the American people in their struggle for independence, and during the civil war of 1861-1865, the events of the 19th century, few people remember, said the head of the Republic.

“The writer made a mistake. Gratitude has long vanished along with the memory, and today it is for these words certainly would have declared a “Kremlin agent”. Well, the Crimea, as in the days of Mark TWAIN, is Russian. And it will have to recognize everyone, including US,” wrote Feldman.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters in the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue “is closed permanently.”