Crimea Authorities Say German Delegation To Visit Peninsula On March 16

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Crimea Authorities Say German Delegation to Visit Peninsula on March 16

A 10-strong German delegation of public associations' representatives and journalists plans to pay a four-day visit to Crimea starting on March 16 on the occasion of celebrations dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the peninsula's reunification with Russia, Yuri Gempel, the head of the regional parliament's committee on international relations, told Sputnik

SIMFEROPOL (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th March, 2019) A 10-strong German delegation of public associations' representatives and journalists plans to pay a four-day visit to Crimea starting on March 16 on the occasion of celebrations dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the peninsula's reunification with Russia, Yuri Gempel, the head of the regional parliament's committee on international relations, told Sputnik.

"A German delegation comprising 10 people will arrive in Crimea on March 16. The visit envisages a meeting with the leadership of the Crimean parliament and their [the delegation's] participation in solemn events on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the peninsula's reunification with Russia. The delegation will comprise members of German public associations and journalists," Gempel said.

The lawmaker added that the German delegation intended to see what really was going on in Crimea and how the region was developing.

"The arrival of foreign delegations from Europe is the recognition of Crimea as an integral part of the Russian Federation," the lawmaker stressed.

Celebrations dedicated to the anniversary will be held both in capital Moscow and the major Black Sea port city of Sevastopol on Saturday and Sunday.

The peninsula rejoined Russia on March 18, 2014 as a result of a regional referendum, in which the absolute majority of local residents expressed their willingness to reunite with Russia.

Ukraine still considers Crimea a part of its territory, which is "temporarily occupied." Russian authorities, in turn, maintain that the referendum was held in accordance with international law and was legitimate.

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