New EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Josep Borrell believes that there is no reason to abandon sanctions against Russia, “not getting anything in response” from Moscow. With this statement he made in a Sunday interview to the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“Sanctions against Russia in force, was a good reason for this (their introduction. – Approx. TASS). There is no reason to cancel them, without having to answer for it from Moscow,” said Borrell. At the same time, 72-year-old diplomat said, “of course, sanctions in themselves are not policy”, and stated its intention to seek a balance of interests in relations with Russia, reports TASS.
Speaking of restrictive measures against Moscow, Borrell pointed to the fact that, for example, in Venezuela, “the us sanctions do not solve problems, but also affect the population” of the country. “It is a humanitarian crisis,” he added.
Sanctions against Russia introduced in 2014. This was preceded by the political crisis in Ukraine. At the end of 2013 and in early 2014 in Kiev began mass protests after the government slowed down the process of European integration. Many months of mass protest resulted in clashes with law enforcement officers. After the protesters managed to capture several administrative buildings, and to suppress the protest failed, even the use of firearms, the President Viktor Yanukovych in late February, ran outside Ukraine and found refuge in Russia.
In March 2014, with the participation of the Russian military were carried out the change of power in the Ukrainian Crimea and then held a referendum on joining Russia. “Due to the high moral and volitional qualities, good training and endurance of officers and soldiers managed in a peaceful and tranquil setting to hold a referendum. The population of the Crimea, to assess the correctness and high level of professional training of personnel of the Armed forces, with gratitude called the Russian military “polite people”, – stated in the report of the defense Ministry, which in late 2014 was briefed Vladimir Putin.
The referendum was attended by more than 80% of eligible voters. For reunification with Russia voted 96.7% and 95.6% of residents of Crimea and Sevastopol, respectively. 18 Mar 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a Treaty accepting the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, and on March 21 it was ratified by the Federal Assembly.
The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly did not recognize Russian ownership of the Crimea. The position of Russia was supported only by Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
In connection with the territorial dispute over Crimea Ukraine, USA, European Union and other countries imposed a series of sanctions against Russia, Russian businessmen and politicians, who visited the Crimea public figures and leading business on the Peninsula companies, both from Russia and from other countries. Restrictive measures has been repeatedly expanded and extended. Was suspended talks on visa-free regime and on a new basic agreement on cooperation, a ban on entry into EU countries for officials from Russia and frozen their assets, the restrictive measures imposed trade, financial and military. In response, Russia imposed a ban on imports from EU countries of certain foodstuffs and began to destroy this production on its territory.
The fear of new sanctions was so great that in the Crimea, and 5 years after his rejection from the Ukraine refuse to work even the giants of Russian business, which is closely associated with the state (for example, Sberbank). However, Moscow believes that the question of supplies of Crimea is closed once and for all. “The issue is closed forever; there was a referendum,” – said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.