The head of the delegation of French parliamentarians who go on a visit to Crimea, Thierry Mariani said that they were and will continue to be under pressure, But does not view this as a big problem.
A delegation of 10 French people's deputies on Thursday will go to the Crimea, where he will visit Yalta, Simferopol and Sevastopol will hold a series of meetings with the local leadership. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine called it " an act of disrespect to national sovereignty of Ukraine and conscious violation of the law of Ukraine ". The French foreign Ministry called the planned trip by the failures of international law.
"of course, there was pressure to (travel), and will be after. But, excuse me, for us it's not a very big problem, " said Mariani in conversation with
according to his statement, Ministry of foreign Affairs of France even appealed to the leadership of the National Assembly with a petition to ban the visit of the deputies in the Crimea." But honestly, it's not in the traditions of France. Members of Parliament are free, " - noted the Deputy.
"I think the Crimea is a wonderful place for tourism, and more. Probably not this year, But he has great potential, " added Mariani.
Crimea became a Russian region after the March 2014 referendum in which a Large number of residents, do not recognise the legitimacy of the February coup in Ukraine, voted for joining the Russian Federation. In the capital of Russia notice that the referendum in Crimea complies with international law and the UN Charter.