• Poroshenko asked the head of the European Parliament to ban MPs to visit the Crimea

  • The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has asked President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani to prevent the visit of the MEPs of the territory of the Crimean Peninsula and the breakaway republics of Donbass. This was reported on the head of state will be held on Wednesday, may 17, his meeting with Tajani.

    It is noted that Poroshenko "expressed strong condemnation of the illegal access to the private members of the European Parliament to the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas". The President of Ukraine addressed to Tajani with a request to "give an adequate response and to prevent such visits in the future".

    Wednesday Tajani and the Minister of internal Affairs presidency of Malta Carmelo Abela signed a law granting a visa-free regime to Ukrainian citizens. Held in Strasbourg ceremony was attended by Poroshenko.

    In Kiev, causing strong dissatisfaction with the visit to Crimea and the Donbass foreign nationals. The Ukrainian authorities make a decision on the imposition of sanctions, criminal proceedings. In accordance with the laws of Ukraine, to visit areas, which Kiev considers "occupied", you need a special permit.

    In particular, October 30, 2015 the Ukrainian authorities have opened a criminal case against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during a visit to Crimea. The security service of Ukraine has banned Berlusconi's entry into the country within three years.

    In April 2017 SBU opened a criminal case against the participants of the Yalta international economic forum guests from abroad. Clarifies that foreign citizens "contributed to the occupation authorities in the development of the tourism sector on the Peninsula, called for the lifting of sanctions and recognition of the results of an illegal "referendum"".

    Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum during which more than 95 percent of the population of the Peninsula who participated in the vote, supported accession to the Russian Federation. Kiev still considers Crimea as its. In Moscow, in turn, say that the procedure of accession in accordance with international law.

    Donetsk and Lugansk people's Republic, proclaimed after the coup in Kiev in 2014, the Ukrainian authorities believe terrorist groups located on the "Russian-occupied" territories. Moscow denies accusations of involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.


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