In Crimea, they thanked Australia and Canada, which expanded sanctions against Russia and the peninsula, for free advertising of local attractions.
Earlier, Canberra and Ottawa blacklisted several Russians and four companies associated, among other things, with the construction of the Crimean Bridge.
“This is an excellent advertisement for our resorts. Sanctions work like a boomerang effect. As soon as the borders are opened, foreigners will again go to Crimea to see with their own eyes the Crimean bridge and other infrastructural, historical and natural beauty of the peninsula,” the head of the Crimean parliamentary committee on tourism told RIA Novosti , resorts and sports Aleksey Chernyak.
He recalled that before the pandemic, representatives of more than 150 countries visited the republic and many of them learned about Crimea precisely because of the sanctions. Chernyak advised the West and its partners to understand that no restrictions will stop the dynamic development of the region.
The peninsula returned to Russia after the coup in Ukraine, such a desire was expressed by the majority of its inhabitants. Kiev continues to consider this territory as their own. Recently, the head of state, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, announced the holding of the Crimean Platform in August, the goal of which, in his words, is to “return Ukrainian things to Ukraine.” Moscow has repeatedly stressed that the Crimean issue is closed.