German lawmaker slams Ukrainian Ambassador's idea to ban Germans from Crimea

22.03.18 10:55
German lawmaker slams Ukrainian Ambassador's idea to ban Germans from Crimea

The suggestion of Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andrey Melnik to ban German nationals from visiting the Crimea is nonsense and an act of interference in Germany's internal affairs, Andreas Maurer, the head of Die Linke party group of the Quakenbruck parliament, told Sputnik.

"Ambassador Melnik is interfering in German internal affairs. This statement is nonsense. Neither [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel nor the government or the foreign minister can ban a member of [any local] parliament, Bundestag or any ordinary citizen from going somewhere and ask Ukraine about it," Maurer, who has visited the Crimea on numerous occasions, including the Russian presidential electionas an observer, said.

According to Maurer, this statement is unlikely to provoke an official response from the German government.

"I want to disappoint the ambassador of Ukraine because the new delegation will visit the Crimea in April, which will include members of the Bundestag, Landtags and regional parliaments," the lawmaker said, adding that a German youth delegation plans to visit the peninsula in September.

On Monday, Melnik called on the German government to ban "illegal" trips by German nationals to the Crimea via Russian territory.

According to Sputnik

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