The self-proclaimed "authorities" of the occupied Crimea are preparing for the arrival of foreign delegations from Arab and European countries, including Iraq, Italy and Germany, the so-called Vice-Prime Minister of the "Crimean government" and the permanent representative of the Republic of Crimea under the Russian President Georgiy Muradov told to RIA Novosti.
"We are expecting a number of delegations. The wish to visit the Crimea have already expressed the representatives of several Arab countries, including, possibly, the Iraqi representatives will come to us. In addition, we expect the representatives of a number of EU countries, such as Italy, Germany. I would like to point out that German parliamentarians and businessmen began to be much more active than it was at first," Muradov said.
He also noted that "the upcoming visits will have not only political, but also economic value, since it will allow turning out a number of relevant projects for the Crimean economy".
In addition, Muradov stressed that Crimea is open to visits of various foreign delegations, including the United States.
"Crimea is open to the whole world, to all delegations, who are our friends. Of course, we are not waiting for enemies here, although this sometimes happens when they come, some delegations, and then they completely distort the whole situation," Muradov noted.
As it was reported before, foreign delegations need special consent from Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enter Crimea. Nevertheless, on July 23-24, a delegation of French MPs headed by Thierry Mariani visited Crimea and met with the head of the republic. The chairman of the Russian Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky claimed that visit of French parliamentarians to Crimea marked a crucial turnpoint between Russia and Europe in the framework of Crimean issue.
Later, on September 11, Silvio Berlusconi met with a good friend of him Russian President Vladimir Putin. Italian politician came to Crimea, which is currently occupied by Russia.
Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns Italian leader of Forza Italia!, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who arrived to temporarily occupied Crimea. MFA also notes that the actions of the Italian official are also at odds with the policy of the European Union, which condemns Russia's actions and recognize the illegal occupation of Crimea.
The internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea was illegally annexed by the Russian Federation in March 2014.