The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry strongly condemns the visit of representatives of the party “Alternative to Germany” Gunnar Lindemann, Richard Gretzinger, and Henning Zoz to the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories in Donbas.
The Foreign Ministry considers this visit as disrespect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, violation of the fundamental principles of international law and Ukraine’s national legislation. ” By the way, these politicians had previously illegally visited the occupied territories of Ukraine. This shows their deliberate violation of the national legislation of Ukraine and international law to the benefit of Russian ideology. “- said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Kateryna Zelenko in a comment published by the ministry’s press service.
The ministry said that Germany’s democratic political parties support the efforts of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel within the Normandy Format to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within internationally recognized borders, the Federal Government’s stance on condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as distance themselves from any signs of encouragement to Russia’s aggressive policy aimed at undermining Ukraine’s statehood.
“We expect the leadership of the Alternative for Germany party to also condemn the illegal actions of its members and prevent similar crimes in the future,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
Representatives of the German right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) arrived in occupied Luhansk on February 4 to attend an event of the “LPR” group.