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EU lawmakers visiting Crimea not intimidated by Kiev’s sanctions

March 20, 16:39 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
Ukraine’s Security Council has imposed five-year sanctions on five European lawmakers, four Serbians and one Czech national, who arrived on a three-day visit to Crimea on March 19
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Delegation of the European Parliament visiting Crimea

Delegation of the European Parliament visiting Crimea

© Alexei Pavlishak/TASS

SIMFEROPOL, March 20. /TASS/. Serbian and Czech lawmakers and politicians who are currently visiting Crimea told TASS on Monday they are not afraid of the sanctions Kiev has imposed on them from today and will pay more visits to the peninsula.

Ukraine’s Security Council has imposed five-year sanctions on five European lawmakers, four Serbians and one Czech national, who arrived on a three-day visit to Crimea on March 19.

"It would be a shame if no sanctions were imposed. So, we are glad and we are not afraid of these sanctions," Aleksandar Seselj, a presidium member of the Serbian Radical Party and the son of its leader Vojislav Seselj, told TASS.

He said he was impressed by the visit to Crimea. "I like people’s attitude to us, I like the situation here. I think I will be glad to come here again," he noted.

Jaroslav Golik, a member of the Czech parliament with the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, said Ukraine’s sanctions were of no surprise to him. "And what? What can I do about it,» he said about his five-year ban on visits to Ukraine. "Of course, I have a lot of friends in Ukraine, but it is what it is. The truth I have come here to learn is very important for me."

On Sunday, a delegation of lawmakers from a number of European countries (the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Montenegro) and from Kyrgyzstan and Brazil arrived on a three-day visit to Crimea.

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