Feldman commented on the extension of EU sanctions on Crimea

The head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov said that the extension of European Union sanctions in respect of Crimea is just a tribute to tradition, since in fact nothing else, the EU can not do.

The Council of the EU on Thursday agreed to extend for one year sanctions imposed in connection with joining of Crimea to Russia, until June 23, 2021. The report notes that the EU still does not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia.

"Sanctions in relation to Crimea, despite the diligent attempts of their authors and masterminds, did not become an instrument of manipulation, not driven us into a corner, and the exact opposite has made us strong and self-sufficient. Another of their renewal – a tribute to "tradition", because in fact nothing else they can do. False accusations, vile incitement and reckless sanctions that the entire Arsenal of foreign policy tools of the European Union", - wrote Aksenov on his page in "Contact".

According to him, whipping up anti-Russian hysteria around the Crimean issue has become for the West the usual form of concealment of their own problems, a way to move the public focus from the important to abstract.

"Crimea today is the territory of perspective development. All global infrastructure and social projects in the Crimea over the last six years have been implemented in terms of sanctions. Of course, their absence would create for Crimea more favorable conditions for economic development, in particular, to attract investment. But it's not direct damage, but rather the lost opportunity, which we compensate by other available means", - said Aksenov.

The head of Crimea noted that the perception of Western sanctions is best demonstrated by the proverb: "the Dog barks, the caravan moves on."

"A lot of work ahead. But as they say, "home treat". Russian Crimea is doomed to successful development and prosperity", - said Aksenov.

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 Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. 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. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue "is closed permanently."