SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — The Western policy of sanctions and Russophobia is becoming unprofitable for Europe, Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov said Wednesday.
"Russia, as has happened many times before in its history, will survive any sanctions, any difficulties, it will come out even stronger after any challenges, more united and powerful. Europe, on the contrary, is experiencing a split, that is already impossible to hide. Russophobia is becoming unprofitable," Aksenov said at a meeting dedicated to the second anniversary of the historic March referendum.
The EU is scheduled to reconsider the economic sanctions regime against Russia in June, six months after deciding to prolong the measures.
In August 2014, in response to the Western sanctions, Moscow announced a one-year food embargo on products originating in states that imposed sanctions against it. The ban has since been extended.