Author(s): Daulet Saparaliyev, Chingiz Mokin, Galiya Movkebayeva, Meiramkul Saiymova, Akmaral Mustafina
Nowadays, sanction seems to be as an important tool of international policy to keep security and provide collective reaction to violations of peace and international order in diplomatic non-military manner. Recently, international sanctions were imposed against Russia by the European Union and the United States because a change the status of the Crimea and destabilisation of the situation in the southeast part of Ukraine. However, there have been debates on whatever are international sanctions effective or not. In particular, can sanctions change Russia’s political behaviour and achieve political objectives in Ukrainian crisis. This paper aims to discuss the legitimacy of Crimean referendum and use Russia as a case study and analysis of imposed European Union and United States international sanctions on Ukrainian crisis and Russia’s countermeasures.