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Prosecution investigating German deputies’ violation on entering Crimea

On Feb. 3, a delegation from German right-wing populistic party arrived in occupied Crimea to establish contact with occupational authorities
17:24, 5 February 2018

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The Prosecution of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has started a pre-trial investigation on the fact of violation of rules of entry to the occupied territory of Ukraine committed by three deputies of regional parliaments of Germany. The Prosecution of Crimea, which is currently based in Kyiv, informed about this on their website. 

The deputies broke the Ukrainian law by violating Ukraine’s border rules. Since Ukraine and most of the world don’t recognize the annexation of Crimea, any trip to the peninsula not through Ukrainian territory is a violation of Ukraine’s borders.

As we reported earlier, three regional deputies of Alternative for Germany political party arrived in Crimea on Feb. 3.

Related: Ukrainian Ambassador in Germany: voyage of German politicians to occupied Crimea may have unfortunate consequences

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 will be possible in future.”

As reported, in April 2016, the Russian fund paid for a trip of right-populist "Alternative for Germany" politician Marcus Pratzel to the annexed Crimea to participate in the Yalta Economic Forum.

Related: Prosecutor's Office of Crimea checks Ukrainian ex-official's involvement in annexation of peninsula

In June 2017, 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.

Related: U.S. sanctions against Russia for Crimea's annexation to remain until Ukraine regains peninsula

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