The pressure exerted on French MEPs from the delegation departing for a visit to the Crimea, is not a problem, said the head of the delegation Thierry Mariani.
Trip French deputies in the Crimea, scheduled for Thursday, was fraught with pressure from the international brotherhood: for example, the Ukrainian foreign Ministry called the visit " a lack of respect towards the sovereignty of Ukraine and conscious violation of the law of Ukraine and foreign Minister of France, ? the failures of international law.
the President of the delegation Thierry Mariani admitted that the Pressure and the truth is-it was predictable, But not a problem." of course, there was Pressure to, and will be after. But, excuse me, for us it's not a very big problem, "Mariani cites RIA" Novosti ". The delegation included 10 French MPs who will visit Yalta, Simferopol and Sevastopol, where he will meet with the competent local authorities, residents and travelers on embankments. Mariani said the French foreign Ministry tried to prevent the visit of parliamentarians, by his petition to ban the leadership of the National Assembly." But honestly, it's not in the traditions of France. Members of Parliament are free, " explained the head of the delegation. He highly assessed the tourism potential of the Crimea, which he called "a great place for tourism, and more" - though not this year But soon. At the meeting with the French delegates, who arrived in the Russian capital on Thursday, the speaker of the State Duma of Russia Sergei Naryshkin said that the majority of residents of Crimea during the years of peace annexation of Ukraine in the period from 1991 to 2014 feel in a foreign land and wanted to be back in Russia. Remember, March 16, 2014 Crimea held a referendum on the status of autonomy, more than 96% of participants who were in favor of joining region in Russia. On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of the Crimea and Sevastopol a part of Russia, as well as the decree about formation of the Crimean Federal district.