The head of the Czech delegation is not afraid of sanctions Kiev for visiting Crimea

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The head of the Czech delegation, MEP Jaromir Kohlicek stated that he was not afraid of possible sanctions from the side of the Kiev authorities from visiting Crimea.

The Czech delegation is on a visit in the Crimea. It includes politicians and public figures. The Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic expressed its protest in connection with visit. The Embassy recalled that Ukraine reserves the right to apply to foreign nationals who visit the Crimea without the agreement of Kiev, «full range of sanctions, stipulated by Ukrainian legislation».

«This is nothing new,» he told reporters Kohlicek.

On the question of whether it is afraid of possible sanctions from the Ukraine, the MEP said, «No. I’m an adult».

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»

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