MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Crimea's reunification with Russia was based on the decision of its residents, so Ukraine should not receive any compensation for the territory that seceded after a referendum, Maurer told Sputnik on Wednesday.
"Compensation is out of the question. The topic should be closed once and forever," Maurer, who has been on a week-long visit to a peninsula, said.
Zaur Smirnov, the head of Crimean Government’s Committee for Ethnic Relations, told Sputnik on Tuesday that the "Crimean issue" was closed when asked about Zeman's proposal.
Economic Potential of Crimea
The lawmaker underlined that he and the businessmen in the delegation see "big potential" in the development of tourism, healthcare, construction of roads and huge infrastructure projects in Crimea.
"I see many opportunities for German business, both large and small. I am sure companies in Germany are suffering big losses and to miss out on the Crimean market in the future would be a big mistake," Maurer, who is also the chairman of the Left Party faction in the City Council of Quakenbruck, added.
Andrei Melnikov, Crimea's minister for economic development, told Sputnik in early October that the authorities were planning to open an investors' club to attract investment from Russia and abroad.
In late September, Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Muradov said that over 100 foreign delegations alongside prominent political and public persons have visited Crimea over the past year and a half.