Russian PM in Crimea for official visit

Medvedev’s visit highest-level delegation from Moscow since March 21 annexation.

Medvedev’s visit highest-level delegation from Moscow since March 21 annexation.

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday arrived in Crimea’s capital Simferopol to discuss economic and infrastructure development for the peninsula and the strategic port city Sevastopol. 

"In Simferopol, the government will discuss Crimea's development today," Medvedev posted on his official Twitter account.

Accompanied by a delegation of ministers and economic advisers, Medvedev will chair a meeting on investment and social development for the region.

Medvedev has previously indicated in government meetings that Crimea could become one of Russia’s special economic zones, which would include beneficial tax incentives for the region.

Residents of Russia’s special economic zones are exempt from paying income and property taxes for the first six years.

Medvedev’s visit comes nearly two weeks after Crimea voted in a controversial referendum to secede from Ukraine and unify with Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill on the region joining the Russian Federation on March 21. 

The delegation from Moscow arrived in Simferopol hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Paris to discuss the crisis in Crimea.

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