"The price that we are ready to pay is pretty high. Therefore, we are not going to revise any decisions, including those on Crimea and Sevastopol. We can only wonder at stubbornness and sometimes stupidity of our Western partners, who think that their sanctions can pressure us," Rogozin said.
The West started putting pressure on Russia not because of its reunification with Crimea following a referendum in March 2014, but "as soon as Moscow declared its right to act independently and to make sovereign decisions," Rogozin added.
- Yes, I think it is a matter of balance of power.17.8% (454)
- No, I believe the countries will return to a constructive dialogue.6.8% (174)
- I don’t think the situation should be viewed in that context.10.0% (255)
- I think the new Cold War is already on.65.4% (1674)
Following Russia's reunification with Crimea, its relations with a number of Western countries have significantly deteriorated. The United States, European Union and a number of other countries did not recognize the results of Crimea's referendum, accused Russia of interfering in the internal Ukrainian conflict and imposed several rounds of sanctions against Moscow. The latest restrictions, imposed in December 2014, specifically target Crimea and include new sanctions against certain individuals and entities operating in the region.