07:24 GMT +328 March 2017
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    Ukraine Loses 'Leverage' Over European Politicians, Resorts to 'Moral Pressure'

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    Kiev has threatened to impose sanctions against Western politicians visiting Crimea. In an interview with Radio Sputnik, political analyst Vladimir Kireyev said that the Ukrainian government cannot rely on the West in sanctions against Russia.

    On Saturday, Crimea celebrated the third anniversary of its reunification with Russia. On Sunday, a delegation consisting of about 20 people, including members of the European Parliament, politicians from European Union member states, CIS countries and Latin America, arrived to the peninsula on a three-day visit. The members of the delegation were expected to have a tour across local sights and hold meetings with the regional authorities.

    Shortly after, Oleksandr Turchinov, head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, said that Kiev may impose restrictions against those politicians who arrived to Crimea. Turchinov also called to launch criminal cases against Ukrainian politicians involved.

    According to political analyst Vladimir Kireyev, Kiev is trying to put moral pressure over politicians and officials visiting Crimea.

    "The Ukrainian government does not have leverage [over European politicians] anymore. How could they impose sanctions against European or Latin American politicians? Maybe, by restricting their economic activities in Ukraine? But they have no such activities. All those sanctions are just moral pressure," Kireyev told Radio Sputnik.

    Moreover, according to the expert, in the sanctions standoff against Russia, Kiev cannot rely anymore on Western support.

    "The effect of sanctions is not as it was in 2014. At the time, Brussels and Washington had a fellow feeling for Ukraine and regarded Kiev’s actions as positive. But since then the ideological context has changed. Europe admits that sanctions are counterproductive. So, as for sanctions, Kiev can rely neither on the EU nor on the US," the expert pointed out.

    He added that new sanctions against Russia or foreign politicians visiting Crimea are part of Kiev’s domestic agenda.

    "Ukraine’s political system is in crisis. There are also economic difficulties. Finally, nationalism is blooming. The government is following the logic of the nationalist agenda because it is unable to keep the situation under control," Kireyev concluded.

    The referendum on Crimea’s reunification with Russia took place in March 2014, after a coup took place in Ukraine. Kiev still considers Crimea the part of Ukraine despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Crimean population, almost 97 percent, voted to rejoin Russia.

    Following the reunification of Russia and Crimea, Brussels and Washington imposed several round of sanctions on Russia over the state’s alleged meddling in the Ukrainian conflict despite the fact that Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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    • sapper
      The sudden temperature increase in Eastern Europe is caused by all the hot air emanating from Ukraine. Now we know the main cause of global warming!!!
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      Mishka Kyiv
      "Leverage"? Strange logic from Sputnik propaganda organ. No leverage required when all of Europe can see Ukraine fights Europe's battle against russian invaders. Moral high ground is clearly with the invaded country, Ukraine. 10,000 dead Ukrainians make russia a pariah state.
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      The leaders in the west start slowly to realize witch disaster there have created in Ukraine !!!
      The Usa / Eu / Nato don't no how to stop the Dollar / Euro eating monster !!! And stop this monster without loosing there face to the World !!!!
      I feel sorry for the working people in Ukraine there have to pay the BILL !!!! not to talk from the live there lost for the Usa / Eu / nato !!!! it is a shame for the Usa / Eu / Nato !!!
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      Mishka Kyiv
      I feel sorry for all russian fascists and their bed fellows. So maybe Sputnik can tell us how many Tatars have been murdered since russia invaded Crimea?
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      Andrew Jin reply toMishka Kyiv(Show commentHide comment)
      Mishka Kyiv, Stupid comments you make. How badly informed you are.
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      Mishka Kyiv
      Ah a bed fellow. Shall i send you a map of Ukraine. I can help you find it and Crimea. Shall I list the names of the dead Ukrainians for you?
    • Rick Sanchezin reply toMishka Kyiv(Show commentHide comment)
      Mishka Kyiv, how do you figure "pariah state"? Moral high ground? Pull the other one
    • Rick Sanchezin reply toMishka Kyiv(Show commentHide comment)
      Mishka Kyiv, moral high ground? Pariah state? Pull the other one...
    • Rick Sanchezin reply toMishka Kyiv(Show commentHide comment)
      Mishka Kyiv, my Crimean Tatar friend and her family have been trying to return to Crimea for years and finally did so after getting their Russian passports AFTER Crimea returned to Russia.
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