In the Kremlin believe that sanctions against Crimea harm those who impose them

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in photobanks Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. Archival photoIn the Kremlin believe that sanctions against Crimea harm those who impose them© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

The Kremlin traditionally negative attitude to the sanctions against the Crimea, they harm not only Russia, but also initiating their countries, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

The head of the EU foreign Ministers on Monday without discussion extended for a year sanctions against the Crimea. The restrictive measures was to expire on 23 June.

«Traditionally, negative (position), we still do not agree with these sanctions. We do not consider them legitimate, and moreover, we believe these sanctions are detrimental not only to us but to the countries themselves, which are their initiators,» — said Peskov, commenting on the extension of sanctions.

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.