Sheremet: the Crimea was all kinds of blockades, leaving only space

SIMFEROPOL, 31 Dec – RIA Novosti. Crimea went through all kinds of blockades organized by opponents of his Russian status, there was only space, said a member of the energy Committee of the state Duma, the former first Vice-Premier of the Crimean government Mikhail Sheremet.

Kiev stopped passenger service with peninsulas, sanctioned food and energy blockade, as well as the overlap of the supply of the Dnieper water in the North-Crimean channel.

“We had to go through the various blockades. We probably had a space blockade, and probably all kinds of blockades we passed,” — said Sheremet during a round table in the format of a video bridge Moscow — Simferopol on the topic: “Crimea — open tribune”. According to him, were especially heavy energy blockade, but despite all the difficulties, she did not break, but rather rallied the population of the Crimea. “We have passed this difficult period and survived,” — said Sheremet.

The MP said that during the year of the energy blockade laid four strings of the bridge, the construction of two major power plants. “The first of December 2017 will be commissioned the first units of 235 MW each, and in March 2018 another two units of similar capacity. It inspires confidence in the future prospects of our Peninsula”, — said Sheremet.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. Western countries also refused to recognize the choice of the Crimean people and imposed sanctions.

The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue “is closed permanently.”

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