The European Union refused to recognize the legitimacy of Crimea's March 2014 reunification with Russia and closed the consulates and visa centers of EU members on the peninsula, accepting documents for visas only in the offices located on the territory of Ukraine.
- Lifted, the measures are counterproductive and have a negative impact both on Russia and the EU.89.1% (1834)
- Tightened, the current sanctions have not worked, pressure on Russia should be increased.6.8% (139)
- Remain the same until the Ukrainian crisis is resolved.4.1% (84)
While EU officials claim that residents of Crimea, especially Crimean Tatars, are subject to human rights abuses, “the European Union, by creating obstacles for Crimeans to receive visas, are deliberately perusing a policy of de facto restricting the peninsula’s residents’ freedom of movement,” according to the spokesman.
Although the referendum on Crimea's reunification with Russia was supported by nearly 96 percent of the populace, the West accused Moscow of annexing the territory, and has since introduced several rounds of economic sanctions targeting Russia.