Russian politicians commented on the EU decision to extend sanctions against Moscow over Crimea. According to the parliamentarians, Europe "dancing to the tune of" US. The key statement in the material RIA Novosti.

the Boredom and regret

The extension of EU sanctions against Russia, causing only boredom and regret, the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky.

"the Inertia of bloc thinking has long been more strikes at Europe itself. But still lacks the will to follow their own interests, still dancing to Washington’s tune" — the Deputy wrote on Twitter.

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Anti-Russian sanctions are poorly connected with the Minsk agreements, it is rather targeted policy of the collective West, said the Senator Alexei Kondratiev.

"One of the leading terms of the Minsk agreement is a "formula Steinmeier". In it, for example, the issue of Crimea is not considered in principle. And the sanctions are entered and rolled over it, demanding the return of the Crimea", — said Kondratiev RIA Novosti.

For our country the Crimean question of principle, he said.

"Is the territory of Russia, it will remain", — concluded the politician.

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The first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Dmitry Novikov, in turn, called the extension of the EU sanctions "another round of anti-Russian mass".

"in Spite of some differences that have intensified with the arrival of the White house trump, however, Euro-Atlantic solidarity towards Russia continues to operate, it manifests itself, despite the differences that exist between Washington and the European Union, about the fate of NATO, there are economic contradictions, but nevertheless there are common approaches related to the implementation of the sanctions policy against our country", — said Novikov.

According to the parliamentarian, the best response to such actions would be further "effective energetic integration" of the Crimea in structure of Russia. Novikov said that the Peninsula never fell out of common cultural space, and as space of economic and economic opportunities, we must continue to do everything to Russia was United by "strong common frame of economic interests, transport infrastructure, economic ties".

He noted that Russia is now looking for ways of accelerating economic growth after the pandemic coronavirus. If Moscow can not rely on the old paradigm of socio-economic development, and address new frontiers and new approaches, respectively, and economic growth will be faster, and foreign policy against the background of economic opportunities can will conduct "more effective, energetic and convincing," said the MP.


Earlier on Friday, the head of the European Council Charles Michel said that the heads of state of the European Union heard in the course of videosmith information from the leaders of Germany and France on implementation of the Minsk agreements and now the EU can move to the extension of economic sanctions against Russia. Now the restrictions are valid until 31 July, and they extended for six months.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine and around the Crimea, which reunited with Russia after a referendum on the Peninsula. The West accusing Moscow of meddling in the Affairs of Kiev, have imposed sanctions against it. Russia retaliated, took the policy of import substitution and has repeatedly said that talking with her in language of sanctions counterproductive. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine and the subject of the Minsk agreements on the settlement. Lately in Europe more and more sound views on the need for the lifting of sanctions against Russia.