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Ukrainian MP threatens French lawmakers with jail after their visit to Crimea

July 28, 2015, 17:12 UTC+3 KIEV
The lawmaker said french parliamentarians who visited Crimea last week are facing an eight-year prison term, confiscation of vehicles and prohibition to hold certain positions
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Group of French members of parliament in Crimean Simferopol

Group of French members of parliament in Crimean Simferopol

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KIEV, July 28. /TASS/. The French parliamentarians who visited Crimea last week are facing an eight-year prison term, confiscation of vehicles and prohibition to hold certain positions, member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Georgy Logvinsky wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

According to Logvinsky, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has begun an audit against the French delegation that had visited Crimea. "These French citizens are facing a prison term from 5 to 8 years. An audit has begun following my petition to the Prosecutor-General’s Office of Ukraine."

"All members of the French delegation - they will all be brought to account. Today or tomorrow - this is just a matter of time. The response will be adequate, believe me," the Ukrainian lawmaker wrote.

The French parliamentary delegation visited Crimea on July 23 and 24. That was the first visit of Western parliamentarians to Crimea and the city of Sevastopol since last March, when the Black Sea peninsula held a referendum overwhelmingly voting for its reunification with Russia.

After their visit the French parliamentarians said it was necessary to abandon the anti-Russian sanctions and recognize Crimea as part of Russia. "Crimea is an absolutely peaceful region," said Claude Goasguen, a member of the French National Assembly representing Paris. "Crimea residents cannot be criticized for the fact that there is no war on their territory. They cannot be criticized for the fact that the referendum resulted in peace." "They say that the Crimean authorities had no legal power to hold a referendum. Of course, they did! The coup in Ukraine was carried out not by Crimea residents, but by the Maidan authorities! I support peace and I am happy that it reigns in Crimea. I favor the resumption of dialogue between Russia and France," Goasguen said.

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