Russia will do with Crimea what France will do with the Cote d'Azur, by Elena Karaeva for RIA Novosti, 04/09/2021.
The first results of the current summer "high" season in Crimea stunned even inveterate optimists: they turned out to be the best for the tourism industry of the peninsula for the entire post-Soviet thirty years.
This success naturally caused the howling of various Ukrainian old women Shapoklyak in the media space controlled and funded by the West.
Those who for many years have invested in the pearl of the Black Sea on a leftover principle, not even considering it necessary to hide their envy, immediately said that this success of both the industry and the people who chose Crimea for recreation is due to "a pandemic and a closed Europe" and that "in Turkey is still better."
Losers historically and economically, today's oracles and oracles, winking at their sponsors, have forgotten that the very beautiful "European shores" to which they all dream to moor have actually become what they have become - like, for example, the Riviera in France - to a colossal extent thanks to Russia , then, however, not a republic, but an empire.
Although - and here many will probably be surprised again - nowadays the most fashionable, cool and expensive resorts (be it Savoy or Nice with suburbs like Villefranche-sur-Mer or Beaulieu-sur-Mer) have become part of France relatively recently. And before that they were part of the Sardinian kingdom.
This annexation (as they say in France) or annexation (as the descendants of the supporters of the independence of the Alps and Riviera write in blogs ) is by historical standards at a minimum distance - after all, only a little more than 160 years have passed.
Signed by Napoleon III and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sardinia Count de Cavour in Turin in 1860, the document transferred such tidbits of territory to Paris , subject to the organization of a plebiscite with the participation of the local population.
The referendum was held, its results were published (however, they forgot to add the opportunity to say "no" to the list of possible answers), and France began to develop the obtained lands.
The screams of the disaffected, of course, were also - the whole, as they say, the progressive public condemned what was happening (including Giuseppe Garibaldi himself, a native of Nice). But since then both the EU and social networks were absent, the various Carbonari quickly shut up, and life flowed on as usual.
And exactly at that moment, a new character appeared on the geopolitical, as they say today, scene - Russia, more precisely, the Russian Empire.
As a result of the Crimean War and the document signed at the end of it all in the same Paris, our country was deprived of the right to have a navy in the Black Sea region.
But if the Russians are forbidden from the Black Sea, then they have not yet managed to ban anything to the Russians in the Mediterranean, and therefore the Russian emperor concluded an agreement with the Kingdom of Sardinia and put his warships on the roadstead of Villefranche-sur-Mer.
The phrase of the then head of the foreign policy department of our country, Prince Gorchakov - "Russia is concentrating" - perfectly illustrates this exact move in the international arena.
Regardless of intra-European perturbations, annexations or annexations, major or minor conflicts on the continent, regardless of the outcome of the battle of other people's ambitions and ambitions outside of it, Russia has created infrastructure in Villefranche-sur-Mer, erecting docks for ship repairs, port warehouses and housing for sailors and officers.
Colossal money went to charity, that is, to the French (by that time) poor people. Funds were provided by aristocrats, the imperial family, and the third estate - merchants and entrepreneurs.
Nice and its suburbs flourished thanks to Russian financial participation, and the British, as usual, driven by envy, came to the Riviera later. And for other reasons: if the Russians give, the British take. If not money, then a climate that is very different from the eternal gray Albion rain.
The Russians, on the other hand, built roads, palaces, temples. They also created scientific centers, paying for the work of the researchers there, and many decades after our military presence ended in accordance with the agreements.
The buildings built then, by the way, are used for their intended purpose to this day.
Russia, in turn, gained experience of working in another country. After all, interchange with other nations helps it move on, developing Crimea, when such an opportunity arose.
Here and now, already on its own soil, Russia is acting just as consistently and with concentration. And in the Crimea, as well as on the Riviera, our country will be a triumph.
Crimea is becoming the center of Russian culture and the focus of Russian economic skills, so you won't have to look far for examples. They are well known, no matter what and how the "air sellers" and "Crimean platforms" try to discredit and distort them, attributing to themselves other people's achievements.
France, which at one time annexed - annexed - Savoy and the County of Nice, that seven years ago, that today, having taken an absolutely hypocritical position of condemning Russia, seemed to have forgotten its own history and how many and in what situations it was obliged to our country for its salvation - how in the days of wars, and in times of peace.
In Paris, they make grimaces, thinking that if they send an official of five degrees of importance to Kiev to stamp their feet, then Russia will immediately abandon both the Russian people and the Russian land.
On the other hand, in the EU, judging by the current sentiments, the "Crimean agenda", no matter how Kiev tries to force it, has ceased to be popular, both diplomats and politicians are tired of it, except for the most stubborn Russophobes.
Undoubtedly, we are both proud and happy. Crimea is ours, and these are not words, these are the numbers of car license plates from all over the country, these are those who came to rest, having tried for the first time (or repeating the route) the Tavrida highway and admired the spans of the Crimean bridge, this miracle of Russian engineering and the fruit of the labor of Russian workers.
Today we are focused on re-creating the Crimean infrastructure for ourselves, solving, even though things are going hard, complex problems related to water supply.
We know that everything will work out, because once we passed this path, having built their Riviera for the French.
We will repeat the success in Crimea, but we will do everything better. Because this time we are building for ourselves. And forever.