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Sevastopol governor: Ukraine plagues Crimea instead of solving own problems

September 22, 2015, 15:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Crimean Tatar activists and Ukrainian nationalists continue the blockade of the food flow to Crimea

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MOSCOW, September 22. /TASS/. The governor of Crimea's Sevastopol said on Tuesday in comments on Ukraine’s food blockade of Crimea that Ukraine takes inconsiderate moves to vex residents of a neighbouring state instead of solving a host of domestic problems.

"We regret that the Ukrainian side is still unable to see the reality. We are witnessing new, ill-considered political decisions," governor Sergey Menyailo, told Russian News Service radio.

"With silent approval of the government, so-called public activists are staging buffoonery on roads leading to Crimea. Just think of it - instead of solving domestic problems of which they have enough, Ukrainian political forces are trying to vex residents of another state," he said.

The region has taken all necessary measures to avoid deficit of food and price increases, the governor said.

Supporters of Crimea’s former deputy prime minister, Lenur Islyamov, and Ukrainian parliament members and Crimean Tatar activists Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov launched on Sunday what they called a Crimean food blockade to upset free passage of trucks carrying food to the peninsula.

The extremist group Right Sector, outlawed in Russia, joined in. Ukraine’s official authorities say they have nothing to do with the action, but have turned a blind eye to it.

Crimean leader Sergey Aksyonov has described Ukraine’s blockade of the peninsula as cheap comedy: Ukrainian foods account for no more than five percent of those on the shelves in Crimean supermarkets.

The flow of goods from Ukraine to Crimea is limited - mostly alcohol, animal fodder and packaging materials. As for food, it concerns only eggs, fruit preserves and juice. All the rest is Russian-made.

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