Ukraine to impose sanctions on European politicians for visiting Crimea

Ukraine’s Security Service has been entrusted by the National Security and Defense Council to compile a backlist of politicians from European and other countries who will face sanctions over their visits to the Crimea, the Council’s Secretary Alexander Turchinov said on Sunday, reports TASS.

"The Ukrainian Security Service is to compile and refer to the National Security and Defense Council a list of officials from the European Parliament and politicians from the European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin American countries who, according to Russian mass media reports, have arrived for a three-day visit to the annexed Crimean Peninsula," the Council’s press service quoted him as saying.

"In case these reports are confirmed, the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council will look at imposing sanctions on these people," Turchinov said. "In case their stay in the Crimea is confirmed, criminal cases will be opened under the current laws."

On Sunday, a delegation of European Parliament lawmakers and politicians from European Union, CIS and Latin American countries arrived on a three-day visit to Crimea. The delegation will take part in an international conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution and the present-day socialism. The conference was organized by the A Just Russia party.

Foreign lawmakers visited Crimea more than once after its reunification with Russia. Thus, a delegation of French lawmakers led by Thierry Mariani visited Crimea twice, in 2015 and in 2016.

DONi News Agency