The security service of Ukraine (SBU) opened a criminal case in connection with a visit by foreigners International economic forum, held in Yalta on 20-22 April. It is reported by the Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
The case was initiated under part 1 of article 332-1 of the criminal code of Ukraine (violation of the order of entry in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it), the report States. Currently, the Prosecutor’s office is preparing international orders to the countries whose citizens participated in the event, added the Agency.
“They [the foreigners] helped the occupation authorities to develop tourism on the Peninsula, called for the lifting of sanctions and acceptance of the results of an illegal referendum on secession of Crimea from Ukraine and its entry into the Russian Federation”, — concluded the Prosecutor’s office.
Third international Yalta economic forum was held in the Crimea from 20 to 22 April. The event was organized by the Crimean government and the Fund “Yalta international economic forum” with support of presidential administration of Russia. As Chairman of the Board “AMAP”, co-Chairman of the organization “Business Russia” Andrey Nazarov, in the forum took part more than 2 thousand people, including 220 foreigners from 46 countries. The forum was attended by businessmen and politicians including from Australia, Austria, Britain, Germany, Greece, Italy, China, South Korea, USA, Israel, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Angola and Nicaragua, according to the website “AMEF-2017”.
On the first day of the forum the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent Moscow a protest note, calling the event “a gross violation of state sovereignty of Ukraine”.
The Russian foreign Ministry said that they will calmly respond to a note of protest to Kiev. “In my opinion, these protest notes should be easy to respond, they imitate political activity, well, we do what we do. Therefore, keeping all the diplomatic politesse, however, it is important to understand the price of this kind of documents”, — said Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Grigory Karasin.
Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum held on the Peninsula March 16, 2014. Ukrainian authorities and Western countries have called the incident “annexation”, the US and the EU imposed sanctions against several Russian companies and individuals. In September 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Crimea closed.