Aksyonov called the EU extended sanctions against Russia an element of a hybrid war

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Polynicotinate in fotobanka of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov. Archival photoAksyonov called the EU extended sanctions against Russia an element of a hybrid war© RIA Novosti / Alexander Polynicotinate the image Bank

The head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov said that the sanctions against the Peninsula, and Russia are part of the criminal policy and an element of a hybrid war.

On Thursday, the EU Council has officially confirmed the extension to March 15, 2018 individual sanctions against citizens and legal entities of Russia and Ukraine, which the EU accuses of undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. On Friday, the decision came into force. As mentioned in the message Board, assessment of the situation is not allowed to change the sanctions regime. The restrictive measures include freezing of assets and ban on entry into the European Union.

Aksenov stressed that with the help of sanctions, the EU is trying to punish Crimeans for a free choice, made in March 2014. «It’s unfair, stupid and destructive policies that ultimately harm Europe itself and undermines the credibility of the European institutions,» he wrote on his page in Facebook.

The head of the Crimea reminded that the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia and Crimea, not condemned, and therefore are actually approved water and energy blockade of the Peninsula from Kiev, which, in essence, is an act of state terrorism.

«Also, we did not hear the words of condemnation or even concerns about the infiltration into our territory subversive groups to commit terrorist acts. That is, we are dealing with a consistent policy, directed against the population of our Peninsula, Crimeans. Sanctions of this criminal policy, the element of a hybrid war against Russia and Crimea. No illusions on this score we should not be», — said Aksenov.

In his opinion, effective response to sanctions pressure could be only to strengthen the unity of peoples of Russia on the basis of shared goals and values, relying on its own strength, further enhancing defence and economic potential of the country.

On the other hand, according to Aksenov, it is very important to inform the public of the Western countries the truth about the Russian Crimea, primarily through public diplomacy.

«This tool has already proven its effectiveness. Sure, sooner or later Europe will realize the futility of the policy of pressure and sanctions. With Russia, this approach does not work», — said the head of the Republic.

Aksyonov called the EU extended sanctions against Russia an element of a hybrid war© RIA Novosti, Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures