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    Head of US Delegation to Crimea Not Afraid of Possible Ban From Ukraine

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    Sharon Tennison, the president of the United States' Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI), who is leading a US delegation to Russia's Crimea said on Friday she was not afraid of Ukraine's likely ban on entering the country which may follow the visit.

    SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — The US delegation lead by Tenninson arrived to Crimea on Thursday. According to the press service of Yalta city authorities, the official visit is to last until May 21.

    "No. I was more afraid when I came to Soviet Union first time," Tenninson said answering a Sputnik correspondent's question on whether she feared possible restrictions on enter Ukraine in relation to the visit to Crimea.

    Tenninson also head a US delegation to Crimea in June 2016.

    Crimea, a former Ukrainian region, rejoined Russia as a result of a referendum in 2014, which has not been recognized by Ukraine and a number of Western countries. Under Ukrainian laws, the country's authorities may ban entry for foreigners who visited post-referendum Crimea without a permit from Kiev.

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