"The sanctions regime is not a big deal. It does not have a significant impact on the development of the republic," Melnikov said, adding that Crimea is independently capable of recouping any losses suffered due to the sanctions.
"If Ukraine opens the border for Crimean and Russian goods, it will be mutually beneficial," the Minister added.
On June 19, the European Council announced that the EU member states' foreign ministers had extended sanctions against Crimea for one year. They were due to expire in late June of this year. The unilateral measures ban EU citizens as well as EU-based companies from importing goods from the peninsula, as well as from investing in it. The sanctions target tourism services, transport, telecommunications and other sectors.