The extension of EU sanctions on Crimea is “another round of anti-mass”, said the first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Dmitry Novikov in an interview with RIA Novosti.

According to him, the best response to such actions is to further the “effective and energetic integration” of the Peninsula to Russia. The MP added that the Crimea never dropped out of the common cultural space, while the economic empowerment needed to continue to do everything to the country were United by “a strong framework of economic interests, transport infrastructure, economic ties”.

Novikov also added that Euro-Atlantic solidarity against Moscow continues to operate, despite disagreements between the US and the EU.

“The dog barks, but the caravan moves on”: In the Crimea, ridiculed the EU sanctions

Earlier, the leaders of the countries of the European Union extended by six months economic sanctions against Russia. It is known that the Alliance took this decision after discussing the progress of the Minsk agreements. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that progress in the Donbass does not allow to remove the sanctions against Russia.

EU countries, USA and Ukraine first imposed economic sanctions against Moscow in 2014. It happened after the Crimea according to the results of the referendum became part of Russia. The annexation of the Peninsula was deemed illegal, but Moscow denies these charges. In 2015, the sanctions were imposed because of the conflict in the Donbass.