On Wednesday, February 10, press service of the Crimean occupation government controlled by Moscow published the information on meeting of the head of the peninsula Sergei Aksyonov with representatives of the Israeli Knesset, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to KrymRealiyi.
“Sergei Aksyonov held a working meeting with the delegation of Israel, headed by deputy Knesset, chairman of the committee on education, culture and sport Yaakov Margi. Sergei Aksyonov noted the active role of representatives of all ethnic communities in the life of the Crimean Republic and thanked the guests for the visit,”- said the report.
The report notes that “Yaakov Margi thanked the Republic for their hospitality and the support that it gives to the Jewish people living in Crimea”.
The website of the Embassy of Israel in Ukraine contains no information about the visit, but there is clarification on the rules of entry of foreign citizens to Crimea. In particular, it is stressed that foreigners and stateless persons may enter the occupied Crimea and exit to the mainland Ukraine under passports and special permits, and in order, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
Krym.Realiyi said it is trying to get a comment from the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine in connection with the information about the visit to the Crimea Israeli MPs.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially announced February 20, 2014 as the beginning of temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. On October 7, 2015 the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law.
International organizations have recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia’s actions. Western countries have introduced a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a “restoration of historical justice.”