Aksenov called the effect of the EU sanctions against the Crimea void


RIA Novosti

The head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov called the insignificant effect of Western sanctions against the Peninsula, noting the growing interest of the public and politicians of the world to the region and inviting them to come and see the Crimea with my own eyes.

The foreign Ministers of member countries of the European Union on Monday without discussion was prolonged for a year the sanctions against the Crimea. The restrictive measures was to expire on 23 June. Feldman called the decision expected, a manifestation of totalitarian thinking and immoral policy. In his opinion, the Western leaders for the third year trying to punish the people of Crimea for their free choice.

“If we talk about the real economic effects of the sanctions on our Peninsula, they are insignificant. Serious foreign investment in the Crimea was not Ukrainian in the period of annexation. Therefore, restrictions imposed after the reunification with Russia, little has changed,” he wrote on his page in Facebook Feldman.

He also noted that it is not only in the economy, as Crimeans are aware of how their historical correctness and absolute legal perfection of the decision on reunification with Russia, adopted at the March referendum in 2014. He also notes a considerable growth of interest in the Crimea by foreign authoritative politicians and public figures.

“Authoritative political and public figures of Europe claim the legitimate right of Crimeans to self-determination and the need for recognition of the Crimea part of Russia. This process will gain momentum…far-Sighted foreign investors today are preparing the ground for investments, though, and prefer not to advertise their intentions and actions”, — wrote Aksenov.

“We are absolutely open for cooperation and always welcome. In Russia we have saying: better to see once than hear a hundred times. I urge Europeans not to believe the myths and invite in the Russian Crimea!” he said.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia.

EU sanctions against Crimea were imposed for the first time in June 2014. Restrictions began with the ban on the import of EU goods without Ukrainian certificates, later the European Union banned entry to the Crimea of a significant amount of goods from the EU and completely banned investment in the economy of the Peninsula.