France has expressed regrets about the visit by the delegation of French parliamentarians to Crimea, calling it a breach of international law.
France's Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said "we regret it very much." "Such a visit to Crime is essentially a breach of international law," the diplomat said.
At the same time, he said the visit took place on the parliamentarians' personal initiative. "Ten parliamentarians said they were going to Russia and then to Crimea. We are talking about their personal initiative," he said.
The French parliamentarians will leave Moscow for Crimea on Thursday, where they intend to visit Yalta, Simferopol and Sevastopol. They plan to have several meetings with the local authorities.
The French delegation, which is led by Thierry Mariani, a member of the National Assembly and the committee on foreign affairs, comprises another nine parliamentarians, including Claude Goasguen, a deputy of the Paris 16th district, Yves Pozzo di Borgo, a member of the French Senate, where he represents the city of Paris, and representatives of different regions of France.
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