Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) has opened in the Russian-occupied Crimea, with participation of a number of pro-Russian European politicians.

According to organizers, some 3,000 guests from 60 countries will take part in the event to be held on April 19-21 in Yalta, the Russian news agency TASS reported.

Occupation forces earlier announced the arrival of German and Austrian delegations, as well as the participation of envoys from Italy and Greece.

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Envoy of the youth wing of Alternative for Germany (AfD) party Markus Frohnmaier delivered a speech at the opening of the forum.

Deputy Mayor of Linz Detlef Wimmer earlier called for lifting sanctions against Russia.

Earlier, the occupation authorities announced that a delegation of German lawmakers and businessmen would visit the peninsula in April.