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SIMFEROPOL, June 3. /TASS/. Sanctions imposed against Crimea by the West backfire, raising investor interest in the region, the deputy chairman of the republican government, Georgy Muradov, said on Wednesday.
"The regime of unlawful sanctions imposed from across the Ocean suffers a complete collapse and even has a reverse effect," he said, noting that "the more noise the Western states make about impossibility to work in Crimea, the more interest our foreign partners show in the region".
"I want to thank those who are doing it for their good promotional campaign," Muradov said at a meeting with representatives from an association for foreign trade cooperation set up by Black Sea countries.
The deputy prime minister said Israel, Italy, India, Spain, China, Turkey and France were also eyeing Crimea as investment destination.
The head of the association, Ilter Sagirsoy, said Turkish business intended to boot investment activity in Crimea. "We have come here with love and friendship. In about 20 days we will come for another visit with very important persons. The association we are planning to build will be very important for Turkey," he said.
Tourism and medicine are seen as priority directions in cooperation of Turkey and Crimea. "We are glad that Turkish business people were among the first to offer investment projects in Crimea," the Crimean deputy prime minister said.
"And now we are discussing establishment of cooperation with countries of the Black Sea region," he said, noting that Crimea that finds itself in the center of the region could play an ever growing role in the future.