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Thierry Mariani comments on Kyiv’s threat to send him to prison

Thierry Mariani comments on Kyiv’s threat to send him to prison
Translated by: Christine Chraibi

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine is checking into the visit of a delegation of French deputies to Crimea. This made Thierry Mariani, the head of the delegation, burst out into laughter.

The move was initiated by Heorhiy Lohvinsky, Verkhovna Rada deputy of the Popular Front, who wrote about it on his FB page.

Lohvinsky accused the French delegation of negotiating with the “occupiers” and violating the borders of Ukraine. In accordance with Ukrainian legislation, such acts are punishable by a prison sentence of 5 to 8 years and deprivation of the right to occupy certain functions for 3 years.

Last week a group of ten French politicians visited Russia and Crimea. They were severely criticized by some heads of states and many compatriots. Authorities in Kyiv threatened to launch legal actions against them.

Thierry Mariani, head of the French delegation, former Minister of Transport and deputy of the National Assembly, commented briefly to journalists of Ridus on these threats from political leaders, including the promise to send him to prison for a period ranging from 5 to 8 years.

“I’ve heard that in Ukraine people have a very special sense of humor. Now, I’m convinced of that.”

Thierry Mariani also told the journalists that he intends to return to Crimea very soon, probably sometime this fall. According to him, many persons wanted to take part in this first visit to Crimea.

“I had to refuse… But, we’ll visit Russia together again in October, as part of a new visit.” said the deputy.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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