Catalonia independence initiative is internal Spanish affair – Russia

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September 29, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday that the October 1 Catalonia independence referendum is a Spanish internal affairs. 

“We believe that the situation in Catalonia is an internal affair of Spain,” Zakharova said. 

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“We are certain the events in Catalonia should proceed strictly in compliance with the existing Spanish legislation,” she continued.

“We interpret the Catalonian authorities’ so-called independence referendum scheduled for October 1, just as other unilateral initiatives by local legislators, in the context of the decisions on the issue by the Constitutional Court of Spain.”

“In our relations with Spain we proceed from the unconditional principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that country,” Zakharova said.

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