Earlier in the day, a group headed by member of the French parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Thierry Mariani started its three-day visit to Crimea, after traveling there last year.
"I think it is necessary to emphasize, to stress the importance of lifting sanctions. The sanctions are still here, we are going back because we would like to draw attention to the matter and to stress the importance of lifting those sanctions. They are counterproductive and are against our interest, interest of Russia, interest of France, interest of Europe. That is why we are back, whether someone likes it or not," Myard said.
The lawmaker stressed that the Crimean peninsula was a beautiful region, saying that after traveling to the region last summer he advised the former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to visit the peninsula an see it for himself.
In July 2015, a group of 10 French deputies visited Crimea for the first time despite domestic and European criticism. The lawmakers said at the time that what they had seen in the region was completely different to how it was usually portrayed in Western media.