During her recent trip to Moscow, a deputy from the Austrian "Freedom Party" Dagmar Belakowitsch-Jenewein stated that she was going to visit the Crimea bypassing Ukrainian procedures and called the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia a "returning home."
In response, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria Aleksandr Scherba published the article "Do not legitimize the annexation of the Crimea!" in the newspaper WIENER ZEITUNG, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
“Obviously, Mrs. Deputy had reasons do such a favor to the Russian Federation and put such an affront upon Ukraine. But now it is not about her or about the special relationship of her party with Russia. It's about international law and justice," the article reads.
The Ukrainian Ambassador noted that now the Crimea is fully back in the days of the Soviet Union.
“Everything that distinguishes a totalitarian dictatorship occurs behind the ostentatious facade: People of another faith are expelled, ethnic minorities (primarily Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians) are oppressed.”
Aleksandr Shcherba recalled the fate of Reshat Ametov, a 39-year-old Crimean Tatar who on March 3, 2014 found the courage to protest against the aggression of the Russian Federation. Only 15 minutes he stood in the center of Simferopol with a paper saying "No - occupation!". Then he was arrested and killed by the invaders of the Crimea.
“Two weeks later, he, the father of three small children, was found tortured to death in the field. The official cause of death: a shot in the eye.”
Earlier, QHA reported that in early April in Moscow, the deputy of the National Council of Austria (lower house of parliament) from the ultra-right "Freedom Party" Dagmar Belakowitsch-Jenewein publicly supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia.