Lavrov confirms Russia’s commitment to maintain sustainability of Iran nuclear dealRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 21, 4:28
No need to review Iranian nuclear deal - MogheriniWorld September 21, 3:50
Mexico earthquake death toll tops 230World September 21, 3:15
Senior diplomat explains why Moscow did not back US declaration on UN reformRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 21, 2:20
Russia’s proposal on UN mission in Donbass still on the table - Russian diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 21, 1:42
Putin, Erdogan may have telephone conversation soon — KremlinRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 20, 21:39
Lavrov offers condolences to Mexican people over deadly earthquakesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 20, 21:01
UN Security Council passes resolution on peacekeeping reformWorld September 20, 20:14
UN peacekeepers should use force only for self-defense — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 20, 20:01
BERLIN, August 3 /TASS/. If German deputies decide to follow the example of their French colleagues to visit Crimea, which became part of Russia on results of the March 16, 2014 referendum, they will not contribute to smoothing differences between Russia and the West, Christiane Wirtz, the German government’s deputy spokesperson, told a briefing on Monday.
"I doubt that under the current circumstances such a step would contribute to settling the conflict," she said.
Wirtz said that under all international laws Crimea belongs to Ukraine, and that no one could go there without prior consultations with the Ukrainian authorities.
The press service of the Left, a German opposition party, told TASS earlier on Monday that German deputies could visit the peninsula some time in future but not now because of parliament’s summer recess when most German deputies were away on their vacation.
"You are asking in connection with the French deputies’ trip to Crimea. They had an invitation. If we received an invitation here, then it could be discussed," the Left’s press service said.
The French deputies visited Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol on July 23-24. They met the leaders of the Republic of Crimea and then moved to Yalta where they talked to ordinary people and tourists. In Sevastopol, the French lawmakers visited several museums, including the French war cemetery, and met Sevastopol’s Governor Sergey Menyailo.
Thierry Mariani, a deputy of the French National Assembly (parliament) and the co-chairman of the Franco-Russian Dialogue association, headed the French delegation. He explained that their purpose was to get firsthand information of what was happening on the peninsula. The conclusion he drew by the end of his two-day trip was that the people in Crimea were happy.
The people of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol live peacefully and happily, Mariani told journalists after the visit.
"The conclusion we have drawn from our visit to Crimea is that we did not see any occupational troops or armed men. The people here are free. Over the past few days we have had a chance to see that it is a peaceful region and that the people here are happy," the French lawmaker said.