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French MFA: anti-Russian sanctions to be kept until Minsk implementation
13:23, 9 March 2017
French MFA: anti-Russian sanctions to be kept until Minsk implementation

France will continue to make efforts in “Normandy format” to restore peace and heal the wounds inflicted by war, - Jean-Marc Ayrault

13:23, 9 March 2017

Reuters

Anti-Russian sanctions must be kept until full implementation of Minsk agreements. This was announced by the Foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault during the briefing on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“We are unanimous in opinion that sanctions will be kept until Minsk agreement implementation. But sanctions are not a goal, but a measure that helps implement the agreements,” he said.

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France will continue to support Ukraine to restore peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, according to him.

“France does not recognize illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.  France will continue together with Germany to make all necessary efforts in “Normandy format” to restore peace and heal the wounds inflicted by war,” he added.

Earlier it was reported that French Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Russia to influence militants to solve Donbas conflict.

Related: France warns Russia not to interfere in Presidential elections

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