On Saturday, a delegation of German parliamentarians from the three regional parliaments of Germany arrived in the occupied Crimea. It included deputies from the right-populist party "Alternative for Germany", RIA Novosti reported.
The delegation will stay in Crimea from 3 to 9 February. The deputies said that they were not concerned about the threats of Kyiv to ban them from entering Ukraine. "We are not worried about the threats of the Ukrainian authorities, we expect to visit Crimea in the future more than once," deputy of the North Rhine-Westphalia Land Parliament Roger Beckamp told reporters at the airport in Simferopol.
As Member of the Parliament of Berlin Uwe Bronzon stated, the parliamentarians hope that "over time the situation around Ukraine will settle down and normal work with Ukraine in the future will be possible."
As reported, in April 2016, the Russian fund paid a trip to the annexed Crimea to a German MP from the right-populist "Alternative for Germany" party Marcus Pratzel to participate in the Yalta Economic Forum.
In June 2017, the German politician Alexander Goland, who headed the electoral list of the right-populist "Alternative for Germany" party, called Crimea "an indigenous Russian territory."
In August, information appeared that several functionaries of the right-populist party "Alternative for Germany" were suspected of working closely with the alleged Russian agent, Pole Mateusz Piskorsky.
In the fall of 2017, the "Alternative for Germany" first entered the parliament. Thousands of demonstrators in Berlin went to protest against this.