The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, threatened German MEP Marcus Pretzell from the sovereignist party “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) via twitter. Melnyk said: Pretzell´s recent “illegal visit to occupied Crimea” will have “consequences”. The Ukrainian ambassador did not explain what type of consequences.
MEP Marcus Pretzell answered on twitter with an ironic remark: “My first experiences as an ´illegal´” with the hashtags “#refugee” and “#hartekerle” (“tough guys”)
On March 16, 2014 a large majority (96.77% of the 81,37% voter turnout) of the population of Crimea voted in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining Russia as a federal subject. On March 18, 2014, the independent Republic of Crimea signed a treaty of accession to the Russian Federation.