According to the Russian media, after the organization of the visit of the French MPs to occupied Crimea the German “left” deputies expressed their desire to go to the peninsula too, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
Alexander Neu, an MP from the parliamentary Left Party said that members of his political force were considering the likelihood of a visit to occupied Crimea.
He also expressed support for the Delegation of France, which visited Crimea the last month.
“I think the visit of the French parliamentarians to Crimea was the right thing. Being elected by people, they had to show and tell the official French authorities, politicians and the community what was happening in reality. This is a correct decision. The Left Party in Germany has different views on politics compared to other parties in the Bundestag, so the possibility of a visit to Crimea is more acceptable for us,” said Alexander Neu.
In addition, the Italian deputies from the Five Star Movement announced their intention to visit Crimea in autumn. This was stated by a member of the Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies on Foreign Affairs, Manlio Di Stefano.
It should be noted that a group of pro-Russian French deputies has visited Russia and annexed Crimea. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has warned the French deputies of the consequences of such a visit to the peninsula occupied by the Russian Federation.
However, the visit was organized by the Russian side. The delegation together with the co-chairman of the Association Franco-Russian dialogue,Thierry Mariani, included ten parliamentarians: eight members of the Republican Party – former supporters of Nicolas Sarkozy in the Union for a Popular Movement, – the vice-chairman of the Commission on Foreign Affairs of the French Senate Yves Pozzo di Borgo, deputies Nicolas Dhuicq and Jacques Myard, as well as one delegate from each centrist and leftist force.
On July 30, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case against the French deputies, who visited occupied Crimea without agreement with Ukraine.