“There are forces in the world that divide but on the other side there’are [forces that] unite,” the award winning film director and musician, said before staging a concert with his group, The No Smoking Orchestra.
“When Crimea became part of Russia, I thought it had always been Russia…There was no war here, there was a referendum where people said: ‘We want to live with Russia.’ It is an organic process,” Kusturica said.
He noted that people on the peninsula are part of the country and that they basically did what they “should have done” when voting “YES” during the referendum in March of 2014.
The Serb pointed out that Crimean lifestyle and culture serves as “proof that you are Russia.”
Locals in Crimea should now focus on building their lives as part of the country without waiting for international recognition of Crimea’s ascension, he advised.
“You must do what you are doing, [building] a huge airport, good motorways, infrastructure, and Crimea will be beautiful… and your life will be in your hands. It doesn’t matter what they think [in the West],”he said.
Crimea became part of the Russian Empire back in the 18th century but was reassigned to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954 by the Soviet Union’s ruling presidium.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Crimea became an autonomous region in Ukraine. Following the 2014 coup in Kiev, Crimeans voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to rejoin Russia. Their decision has not been recognized by Western powers.
In April, president Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson said Moscow won’t “trade” Crimea for lifting sanctions imposed by the West on Moscow over the reunification.
“The very idea of conducting a second referendum in Crimea contradicts the fundamental principles of today’s Russian policy,” Dmitry Peskov, said.
In February last year, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that even if Moscow agrees to hold another referendum, its results would be also challenged by the west under a new pretext in order to maintain tense relations with Russia.
Soros and EU striving for ‘mixed, Muslimized Europe’, says Hungarian PM Orban
During a state visit to Romania Orban accused Soros of using the EU in order to create a “new, mixed, Muslimized Europe,” according to AP.
The prime minister said that Soros is now more powerful in Brussels than in Washington or Tel Aviv and he argued that European institutions should fight to limit his influence, reported Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet.
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“The European Union, the European Commission must regain independence from the Soros Empire before the billionaire finishes his program for the destruction of the continent,” Orban said in a speech at the 28th Bálványos Summer University event in southern Romania.
The Hungarian stated that reforming Europe can only begin by stopping illegal migration into the EU and that Hungary’s border defenses will help with that effort.
During the speech Orban also pledged that Hungary will support Poland in a row with the EU over its controversial judicial reform plans.
“The inquisition offensive against Poland can never succeed because Hungary will use all legal options in the European Union to show solidarity with the Poles,” he said.
Orban and Soros have clashed in the past, most prominently over the Soros-backed Central European University. In June the financier labelled Hungary a “Mafia state” and said he is the target of an “unrelenting propaganda campaign.”
Orban described the comments as “a declaration of war.”
”The only network which operates in mafia ways, which is not transparent… in Hungary is the Soros network,” he said.
A poll in Sunday’s Magyar Nemzet revealed that 43 percent of Hungarians think Soros is a threat to Hungary. Nearly as many people, 35 percent, said this is not the case.