Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the European Council resolutions on Crimea and Sevastopol
Moscow has noted the new confrontational resolutions that the European Council adopted on the Russian regions of Crimea and Sevastopol on 18 December.
We view such “measures” as nothing more than an attempt to punish the residents of the peninsula that freely chose to join Russia in a referendum. We would like to understand how this tallies with the personal freedoms that are usually so zealously defended by European Union representatives.
We consider any discrimination against the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol on politicised grounds to be absolutely unacceptable.
Brussels should realise by now that Crimea and Sevastopol are an inalienable part of the Russian Federation. In this regard, we would like to remind the EU of our lawful right to respond appropriately to the restrictive measures applied to all Russian citizens and legal entities without exception.
18 December 2014