Russia denounces new sanctions

Russia denounces new sanctions

2014-12-21 15:47

Moscow - The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced new Western sanctions against Ukraine's Crimea region on Saturday as a "collective punishment" on local residents who voted in a referendum last March to join Russia.

Both the European Union and United States adopted tighter restrictions on investments in Crimea this week, targeting individuals, Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism.

The referendum, which Ukraine and Western countries rejected as illegal, resulted in a 97 percent vote in favour of joining Crimea to the Russian Federation. President Vladimir Putin signed a decree the following day to annex the peninsula.

"Introducing new unilateral sanctions against the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sebastopol by the USA and European Union is a direct evidence that the West has acknowledged that the decision by the Crimeans to rejoin Russia was unanimous and voluntary," the ministry said in a statement.

"That's why they chose the 'punishment' to be collective," it added. "It is sad that the countries which call themselves democratic resort to such methods in the 21st century."

The West slapped sanctions on Moscow over Crimea and stepped them up as pro-Russian separatist unrest spread to the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where rebels seeking to split from Kiev are now fighting government troops.

Kiev and its Western backers accuse Moscow of fanning the violence and arming the rebels. Moscow denies the accusations and says it annexed Crimea only after a local referendum showed most residents wanted it to become part of Russia.

  • Secrecy Bill - 2014-12-21 16:02

    Should read : " PUTIN HAS LOST HIS ROUBLES " !

  • Tracy White - 2014-12-21 16:12

    The USA is always trying to run over other countries when the dollar hits ground zero We will hear how they can cry.

  • Debbie Brain551 - 2014-12-21 20:22

    I await the moment when USA shows it's historic insensitivity in refusing to pay a price not less than theirs as they busy trade with copyists and then compare fairness without indulgence. The rule was Americans must "afford".....they don't go over an inch, supposedly by what rule money can buy. They are the same bludgeoning intrinsic thieves who keep their people poor on greed and want without principle.

  • Debbie Brain551 - 2014-12-21 20:43

    and by that , pushing the gammeter would not by any means fail to contrive squeezing more than historically impossible and unimaginable. Such as extremely heavy fines for invalid license of filming material, fictitious trade(acrimony)via the internet and even more, seditious allowances of their own army protected trade to violation eg giving China access to military designs off their surface protection, engaging in atomic testing with country's inapprehensible to current dialogue...American culture activity has been below crisis and assumed as usual to be a hypothetic and calculating reckless bastard far worse than...their list a way long from democracy. So naturally, people in Russia will not fall low to being instructed in a crisis...there perhaps is little point in submission.

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