The delegation from the United Kingdom will visit Crimea in April for the first time since 2014 and is set to attend the Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF), Sergei Aksyonov, the head of the Russian Republic of Crimea, said on Monday. On February 4, 2019, the Russian government held a meeting, the main topic of which was the Crimea.

British delegation in Crimea

The members of the delegation noted that they planned to establish ties with Crimean colleagues and discuss joint projects, to participate actively in the development of the region. The head of delegation bill Ethridge expressed the hope that their visit will help to establish a dialogue between the two countries. Aksenov also stressed that the arrival of the representatives of great Britain plays an important role, given the tense relations between Moscow and London.

“We expect the arrival of about 15 UK politicians, experts and businesspeople. A delegation from this country will visit the peninsula for the first time since 2014. Earlier, the UK citizens have already visited Crimea, but separately, not as part of the delegation,” Aksyonov told the Izvestia newspaper.

Dmitry Medvedev discussed the Crimea at a meeting on February 4, 2019

Crimea has an enormous potential for investment and the foreign businesspeople understand it and are willing to establish trade relations with the Russian republic, according to the official.

The YIEF is an annual business event and one of the four biggest economic forums held in Russia. In 2019, the event will take place on April 17-20. The next YIEF is expected to bring together participants from over 100 counties. The status of honorary delegations at the forum will be granted to delegations from France and Syria.

Relations between Britain and Russia deteriorated after London accused Moscow in the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. In March, Prime Minister Theresa may announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats 23. Russia denied the allegations and took the mirror measures.

Crimea was recognized as a territory of Russia according to the results of the March referendum in 2014. Ukraine, EU, USA and other countries do not recognize the voting results. Moscow insists that the procedure took place in accordance with international law.

Last year in an open letter, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK, Natalia Galibarenko, shamed MEP Bill Etheridge over his recent visit to the Russia-occupied Ukrainian Crimea where he attended an economic forum. Condemning the visit in her opening remarks, Galibarenko went on: “You perfectly know that by visiting Crimea without official consent of the Government of Ukraine you not only violated the Ukrainian legislation but disrespected the official position of Her Majesty’s Government.” The diplomat added that Mr Etheridge “abhorrently neglected the international law and blatantly demonstrated disregard of its key principles, namely the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of an independent state.”

Recall, the British Ambassador to Moscow Lori Bristow congratulated the Russians on the new year in Russian. The video message was posted on Twitter by the diplomatic mission.

The diplomat said that the outgoing year was not easy for relations between Russia and the UK, but he preferred not to talk about politics. He noted that the two countries have a lot in common. In particular, he recalled that many football fans visited Moscow in the summer during the World Cup. In addition, Russia and Britain managed to strengthen ties between scientific and educational institutions.

On the official website of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev reports:

” I approved the state program for the development of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, signed the relevant Government Decree.”

” We need to achieve concrete results.”

Dmitry Medvedev held a meeting with vice-premiers on February 4, 2019.

The volume of investments has already increased:
3.3 times in the Republic of Crimea;
4.3 times – in Sevastopol.

By 2022, it should increase 4.4 times in the Republic of Crimea and 7 times in Sevastopol.