As officially stated at European Council site on restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilizing the situation in Ukraine, “The Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine align themselves with this Declaration. They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision”.
Last month the EU decided to extend economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2016, as well as sanctions against Crimea and Sevastopol until June 23, 2016.
As it reported yesterday, delegation will be led by a member of the parliament’s Foreign Relations committee Alessandro di Battista, citing one of the visit’s organizers, Manlio Di Stefano who represents the Five Stars movement in the Italian legislature, said Kommersant newspaper. Aim of the visit is to get firsthand information on people’s lives and the political situation on the Black Sea peninsula.
The organizer of the visit, MP Manlio Di Stefano, told that the delegation would include between 8 and 10 parliamentarians from the Five Star Movement, known for its Euroskeptic and anti-establishment stance. They had received an invitation from Russian MP Andriy Klimov, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the State Duma.
On July 23-24, a delegation of French MPs headed by Thierry Mariani visited Crimea and met with the head of the republic.
Andreas Gross, Swiss parliamentarian in PACE Socialist Group, in an interview with "Kommersant" called it unfair that people of Crimea suffers because of its geopolitical choice and criticized Western sanctions against the peninsula, what, in fact, isolates its inhabitants. Mr. Gross told that he is organizing a mission consisting of European MPs to visit Crimea in October and November.