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

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

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

"Ambassador Melnyk 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 Crimea 8 times, including the Russian presidential election as 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 Crimea in April, which will include members of the Bundestag, Landtags and regional parliaments," Sputnik cited the lawmaker as saying.

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