- Crimea Remains Fast-Growing Region Despite Isolation Attempts - Russian Foreign Ministry
Crimea Remains Fast-Growing Region Despite Isolation Attempts - Russian Foreign Ministry
Crimea is rated among the most fast-developing regions in Russia, despite all attempts to isolate the peninsula, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday
"Despite attempts to isolate [the region], today Crimea is among the most dynamically developing Russian regions. Its growth rates are among the highest in the country," Zakharova noted at a briefing.
The ministry's spokeswoman stressed that Crimea's matter is finally closed for Russia. According to Zakharova, restrictions put on Crimea, in particular, those related to visas for the peninsula's residents, by the West, are merely a manifestation of double standards and discrimination.
The results of the vote and Crimea's subsequent reunification are viewed by Ukraine and the West as illegitimate. Calling Crimea's joining Russia "annexation," the West imposed a number of sanctions on Russia under various pretexts, including the one accusing Moscow of sending servicemen to the conflict-struck eastern Ukraine. Russia, however, insists that the Crimean vote was administered in accordance with the international law.