10:24 Apr. 24, 2016
Ukraine reacts to German politicians' visit to Russia-occupied Crimea
Ukraine has sent a protest note to the German Foreign Ministry due to uncoordinated visit of chairman of the youth wing of Alternative for Germany (AfD) party Markus Frohnmaier and MEP from this party Marcus Pretzell to the Russian-occupied territory of Crimea, Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk wrote on Twitter.
"We have sent a protest note to the German Foreign Ministry due to illegal visit of German politicians to Crimea," Melnyk tweeted.
He also said that the deputies could face a ban on entry to Ukraine.
"The illegal entry into Crimea is not a trivial matter, it is a serious crime," the ambassador said.
As reported earlier, the trip of Frohnmaier and Pretzell to Crimea was aimed to participate in Yalta International Economic Forum organized by the occupation authorities of Crimea.
According to media reports, the forum was also attended by MEP Jaromir Kolichek (Czech Republic), MPs Axel Kassegger and Barbara Rosenkranz (Austria), and MP Stefano Valdegamberi (Italy).
Reporting by UNIAN