Photo RIA News (E.Martynnenko):
Guests from France are accompanied by the head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Slutsky. From his statement:
I am glad and happy to receive guests in the Crimea. This year the delegation is more representative than in the past. These are the very senators and deputies who promoted resolutions on the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions in the chambers of parliament. These are the people who last year for the first time told the world the truth about the Crimea and Sevastopol.
French parliamentarians also intend to visit Yalta and Sevastopol, after which they hold a briefing in front of numerous journalists covering the visit.
Official Kiev, according to the established “tradition,” has already protested in connection with French politicians visiting the Crimea “without coordination with the Ukrainian authorities”. Thierry Mariani delicately remarked that he did not see the need to coordinate his visit with the authorities of a country that has nothing to do with Crimea.