The AfD leadership is demanding information about the trip from several AfD politicians who say they are currently in Russia. The "travel group, which consists of three members of the state parliament from our party" is asked to "fully disclose" the organization and implementation of their trip, according to a decision by the federal executive board on Monday evening.
Politicians are also asked to "coordinate any communication relating to the trip with the federal executive board in advance". A party spokesman confirmed that this decision was taken with ten yes votes, one no vote and one abstention in the board.
Several AfD MPs are currently in Russia, as the AfD parliamentary group in Saxony-Anhalt confirmed on Monday. "A group of German elected officials is currently traveling to Russia. A visit to eastern Ukraine is planned," it said in a statement. The two AfD members of the state parliament, Hans-Thomas Tillschneider and Daniel Wald, are part of the delegation. The group wanted to "get its own picture of the humanitarian situation".
The outgoing Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, accused the politicians on Twitter of "supporting the Russian war of annihilation" with the planned visit to the Russian-occupied areas in eastern Ukraine. According to Melnyk, North Rhine-Westphalian AfD MPs are also part of the travel group.