The so-called "head of the republic of Crimea" Sergei Aksenov said that the EU decision to extend sanctions against Crimea is a "political dementia" of the West, the "government's" press service reports.
However, he contradict himself, saying that "Russian Crimea" have supposedly been developed successfully under sanctions for more than two years.
"During this time, there has been done more in economy and social sphere than in the previous quarter of a century," Aksenov said.
He went on to say that the decision to extend the sanctions was taken during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), the Crimean delegation "successfully" participates in.
"Against this backdrop, today's decision by the EU Council looks like a political manifestation of dementia. Leaders of the European countries do not want to take into account the results of the free will of the Crimean people. Unfortunately, Western politicians are choosing ideological chimeras instead of cooperation. The economic potential of our peninsula is presented at SPIEF, and everyone can get acquainted with it," says the press-service's report.
Just a reminder: June 17, the European Union decided to extend economic sanctions against Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia.
As noted, the sanctions are imposed on the activities of the EU persons and EU based companies on the territory of Crimea. In particular, the ban is imposed on the import of products from Crimea and Sevastopol; investment in Crimea and Sevastopol, including a ban on the purchase of real estate, financing Crimean companies and providing relative services; tourism services, in particular, European cruise ships cannot call at ports in the Crimean peninsula; export of certain goods and technologies to Crimea, in particular for use in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors (including the use of oil, gas and minerals).