MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The delegation, headed by Mariani, paid a three-day visit to Crimea last week. Following the lawmakers' visit to Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta, the delegation arrived in Moscow.
"We need to address the issue of Donbass, where people continue to suffer. French doctors who had visited Donbass reported about a difficult situation in Donbass, including the shortage of medications. I am discouraged by a reaction of Europe to the situation in Donbass. Europe keeps silent in this regard. It is difficult to imagine that only a few hours away from Paris, people are continue to die," Mariani, who is a member of the French party The Republicans, said at a press conference, following their visit to the Black Sea peninsula.
In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, after talks of the Normandy Four countries, comprising Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.