The German government criticized the trip of a group of local deputies from the party Alternative for Germany to the occupied Crimea. The official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert made a corresponding statement at the press briefing and his words were quoted by the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk on his Twitter page.
“The Federal Government of Germany criticized the trip of a group of local politicians from the party Alternative for Germany to the occupied Crimea and confirmed the commitment to the policy of non-recognition of illegal annexation of Crimea,” the message says.
Klare Kante von der Bundesregierung zur Krim-Reise von AfD-Politikern: stehen ihr kritisch gegenüber, raten von solchen Besuchen ab, keine Anerkennung der völkerrechtswidrigen Krim-Annexion. Danke! @RegSprecher - via @ukrinform_olga pic.twitter.com/ECYY3pU1jF— Andrij Melnyk (@MelnykAndrij) 5 февраля 2018 г.
Reportedly, on Saturday, February 3, the delegation consisting of three deputies from the right-populist party Alternative for Germany arrived in the occupied Crimea. The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said that the visit of the German deputies to the occupied Crimea would entail "very deplorable legal consequences." At the same time, the deputies replied that they "are not concerned about Kyiv's threats to ban them from entering Ukraine, they expect to visit Crimea more than once."
Earlier, in April 2016 the Russian fund financed a trip of the German deputy of the European Parliament Marcus Pretzell from the party Alternative for Germany to the annexed Crimea for participation in the Yalta Economic Forum. In August, the information appeared that several functionaries of the party Alternative for Germany were suspected of working closely with the alleged Russian agent, Pole Mateusz Piskorski. In autumn 2017, the populist party Alternative for Germany first entered the parliament. As a result, thousands of demonstrators went out for the protests in Berlin.