The extension of the EU sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol is an attempt to "punish" citizens of the Peninsula for a free choice in favor of reunification with Russia, according to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The EU Council on June 19 issued a press release stating extending until June 23, 2016, of restrictive measures concerning Crimea and Sevastopol.
"These limits are nothing but an attempt of the EU to "punish" citizens of the Peninsula, carried out in the process of free choice referendum in favor of reunification with Russia ", - reported in the corresponding explanations of the Department of information and press the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, published on the first day of the weekend.
Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian government and decided to hold a referendum on the future life of the region. Valaisiana passed on March 16, 2014. In the Bulletin were made to two questions: "are You for the reunification of the Crimea with Russia on the rights of the subject of the Russian Federation?" and " are You for the restoration of the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea of 1992 and for the status of Crimea as part of Ukraine?"
the overwhelming number of voters (96, 77%) with a turnout of 83, 1% were in favor of reunification with Russia. The corresponding agreement was signed on 18 March, then it was approved by the State Duma and the Federation Council. They Also adopted the Federal constitutional law on education of 2 new regions of the Russian Federation - Republic of Crimea and the Federal city of Sevastopol. The head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has signed both documents. Also before, Putin said that the referendum in Crimea complies with international law and the UN Charter.
Western countries since March 2014 several times already imposed penalties because Russia's position on Ukraine. The last case of the use of such practices were the limits imposed in March 2015, when expanded sanctions List of the USA.
The list of Russian citizens and organizations who have fallen under the punishment - in the material of the Fins news