The Ambassador of Ukraine in France Oleh Shamshur expressed dissatisfaction with the authorities of the country in a letter to the Deputy of the National Assembly Thierry Mariani in connection with the visit of a group of French parliamentarians in the Crimea.
"Your decision to visit at the head of the delegation of French parliamentarians in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, occupied by Russia, we accept with deep concern and indignation ", – cites RIA "news" referring to Agency France-Presse letter of Shamshur Deputy Thierry Mariani.
He also said that the deputies " were not warned about his visit to the Ukrainian side." On Thursday, the Head of the delegation of the French Parliament in Crimea Thierry Mariani said that he sees no reason for maintaining the European sanctions against Russia. The Deputy reminded that the purpose of the trip of the French deputies – to see what is happening in Crimea. In addition, Mariani said that if the Crimea in March of last year was not a referendum, could be events similar to those that occur in the Donbass. French MPs also called unacceptable the fact that Crimeans do not issue Schengen visas. Remember, the plane on Thursday with a delegation from France headed by people's Deputy of the National Assembly of the party "the Republicans" landed at the airport of Simferopol. The head of delegation of French parliamentarians said that the elected officials are feeling the pressure in connection with a trip to the Crimea, but it is not a serious problem. The delegation included 10 French MPs and the Senator, they will meet with commissioners from local authorities, residents and travelers on embankments. Eight participants – the center-right members of the party of Nicolas Sarkozy "Republicans" (former " Union for a popular movement ), one – from centrists and leftists. French foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reacted with hostility to the visit of the deputies in the Crimea, the French deputies advised to refrain from travelling to the Peninsula.