Disinfo: An official delegation of German deputies visited Crimea

Summary

German business is ready to work in the Crimea. In order to assess the situation, deputies of the three regional parliaments of Germany arrived in the peninsula for an official visit. The main purpose of the  delegation is to have business meetings.

Disproof

This wasn't an official delegation. The reaction of the German government spokesman Steffen Seibert:  "We are fundamentally critical of such visits, but private travel does not fall under sanctions.”

Seibert noted that Germany adheres to non-recognition policy due to illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and that Germany warns those who decide to travel about the legal consequences from Ukraine's side.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue97
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Germany
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Sanctions, Crimea

Disclaimer

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