: Ukraine 'outraged' over French deputies' Crimea visit

12:44 Jul. 31, 2016

Ukraine 'outraged' over French deputies' Crimea visit

Member of the French parliament Thierry Mariani, Russian State Duma member Leondi Slutsky, chairman of the 'Crimean State Council' Vladimir Konstantinov, and and unidentified official lay flowers at the Krasnoye memorial, Crimea. (Getty Images)

Ukrainian delegation in PACE addresses president Agramunt

The Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has slammed the recent trip of a group of French deputies to the occupied Crimean peninsula.

That's according to a statement addressed to PACE's President Pedro Agramunt.

"With deep disappointment we got the message about another illegal visit to Crimea by group of French deputies headed with PACE delegate Thierry Mariani," the statement reads.

"In the name of all Ukrainian delegation I declare that we are outraged by impertinent ignorance of Ukrainian and International law and Mr. Mariani showed up himself as a recidivist in law violations," the delegation said.

The statement also says the Ukrainian delegation is "frustrated of PACE's inability to set rules to regulate the respect to the international and nationals laws by PACE delegates after same trip to Russian occupied Crimea by three representatives of France in PACE last year."

Read also MFA Ukraine on visit of French MPs to occupied Crimea: deliberate support to Russia's aggression

On July 29-30, the delegation of 11 French parliamentarians led by National Assembly deputy, former transport minister Thierry Mariani once again visited the Russian-occupied Crimea.

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