The so-called Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of Crimea Andrei Melnikov believes that the occupied Crimea "philosophically reacts" to the extension of Western sanctions, which, although slightly slow down the development of the peninsula, but can not stop it.
“Once the sanctions are extended further, then we should react to them totally philosophically and develop within the framework of the opportunities that we have. Without sanctions, we probably would have developed faster, but sanctions only slow down our development, they are not a dominant, they do not create conditions for investment drought, they do not create conditions for the cessation of activity. They complicate life, but that which does not kill us makes us stronger. I proceed from this philosophical principle," Melnikov said.
Reference: Sanctions against the Crimea were introduced by a number of European countries and the United States following the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia and has since been automatically extended.