The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has promised to respond to the European Union having imposed new sanctions. Many expected that they would relate to Putin"s inner circle, but the EU hit a raw nerve – "Crimea is ours."
The sanctions against Russia, which will take effect in two days, are focused not only on the fuel and energy sector, but also the development of tourism in Crimea. The European companies will not be able to buy property on the peninsula, finance the Crimean companies or provide services to them. This will further aggravate the situation on the peninsula, which is subsidized, and could develop only through tourism.
The logic of the West is simple: if you give Crimea back, we will lift sanctions. However, Moscow replies that it is time for Brussels to remember that Crimea and Sevastopol are an integral part of Russia. It is stated in the official report of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Moreover, the agency actually threatens the EU. The statement points out that Russia has a legitimate right to respond adequately to sanctions. However, the report does not say what Moscow means by the word "adequately".