Oleg Tsarev Called to Introduce “More Painful” Counter-Sanctions Against the EU

Translated by Ollie Richardson



The former speaker of the parliament of Novorossiya commented to NSN about the 1-year extension of EU sanctions against Crimea.

Sanctions of the European Union against Crimea were prolonged for one more year. The relevant decision was made on June 19th during a meeting of the EU Council. They will be in effect until June 23rd, 2018. It should be noted that restrictive measures against Crimea by the European Union were applied in response to the accession of the peninsula to Russia in March, 2014.

The former speaker of parliament of Novorossiya Oleg Tsaryov told NSN that Moscow needs to revise the sanctions against the EU.

“It is necessary to impose sanctions that are more painful. Russia is an exporter of raw materials and energy resources. This is what everyone takes and it’s impossible not to buy it. It is necessary to simply introduce a compensating duty against sanctions on all groups of goods, but not to close the import of goods from the European countries. It would be very painful for Europeans. It is sure that in the event of the acceptance of such measures, very quickly they will start to invent an initiative about the cancellation of sanctions,” explained the interlocutor to NSN.

According to Oleg Tsarev, it is necessary to build the Russian economy so that restrictive measures don’t bring trouble to the country.

“There is a need to be accustomed to living with sanctions. There is a need to build such an economy where it is impossible to bring troubles to Russia by sanctions,” concluded Tsarev.

As a reminder, in March, 2014, in Crimea a referendum took place in which over 90% of citizens supported accession to Russia. Kiev, and also the countries of the West at the official level don’t recognize this decision. Kiev, in turn, considers the accession of Crimea to Russia as annexation, reports RT.

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It should be noted that the restrictive measures of the European Union means a ban on the import of production from the peninsula, and a ban on companies from investing in organizations in Crimea, etc.

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