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France urged Russia to respect the ceasefire in Syria
18:46, 2 January 2017
France urged Russia to respect the ceasefire in Syria

The French Foreign Ministry also urged the Russian army to refrain from participation in military operations

18:46, 2 January 2017

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Paris urged Moscow to refrain from taking part in military operations in Syria and respect the ceasefire. This was stated by the Prime Minister of France Bernard Cazeneuve on air of radio station France Inter, Deutsche welle reports.

"We strongly condemn any action that Russia could take in Syria, and that may lead to the continuation of hostilities," the head of the French government said.

He also asked the Russian army "to stop participating in the military operations, which are deadly operations". Cazeneuve hopes that "negotiations between separate forces in Syria will continue so that the ceasefire would last."

It is noteworthy that the president of France, Francois Hollande, is in Iraq today. During the meeting with the French military he said that 2017 should be the year of victory over terrorism.

France makes the second largest contribution to the US-led coalition, which is fighting against the "Islamic state".

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