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Jutarnji list - Croatia | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Punitive measures a necessary evil

The sanctions are the right answer to Russia's aggression, the liberal daily Jutarnji List writes, and calls on the Croatians to bear any retaliatory measures stoically: "Sanctions are always bad news because they're imposed when someone contravenes rights that have been prescribed or agreed on. The Russian president transgressed all limits and violated international law with the annexation of Crimea. ... The sanctions will hit Russia, but their repercussions will also be felt by many European countries - including Croatia - if Moscow decides on counter-measures. Our trade relations with Russia will suffer, but the same will hold for other countries as well. Nevertheless we'll just have to grit our teeth and bear it, even if it means our economic recovery is delayed. Because we [Croatians] of all people know what it's like when part of your country is simply taken."

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