The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that the countries that do not issue visas to citizens of the occupied Crimea, violate international obligations, thus applying the tactics of "collective punishment of the Crimean people" and "visa genocide", the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Aleksei Meshkov informed the Russian media.
The official said that these actions surely entail a certain "measures", and the specified countries were warned.
“Failure to issue visas on the territorial principle, on the basis of the will of citizens or their political views is a failure to comply with various international obligations by the countries that are on it. We believe that this is nothing but a justified collective punishment of the population of the Crimea and Sevastopol, a kind of visa genocide. They decided not to recognize the Russian general civil foreign passports issued to residents of the Crimea and Sevastopol, both on the peninsula itself, and in other regions of Russia ... We will take action. I would prefer not to comment upon their essence yet, but these countries have been warned,” the Russian diplomat said.
Previously, QHA reported that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in a statement of December 19, 2016 informed that the vote on the resolution on "Human rights in the Crimea" at a meeting of the UN General Assembly gave a clear signal of the world to the Russian occupying power that those responsible for violations of the rights of the Crimean people will be held accountable. In turn, the Foreign Minister on his Twitter page stated that voting on the resolution, the world affirmed that the Crimea is Ukraine.