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French Foreign Minister Le Drian believes it is too early to lift anti-Russian sanctions

Le Drian noted that the possibility to lift the sanctions will appear after progress in Minsk Agreements
13:16, 9 September 2019

Reuters

Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian believes that it is early to lift sanctions from Russia, as Europe 1, CNEWS, Les Echos program report.

“Minsk process should progress for the stabilization of the situation in Ukraine, then the sanctions will be lifted,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

He noted that the aim of his visit to Moscow on September 9 was not the lifting of the sanctions.

Related: EU to extend anti-Russian sanctions

At the same time, the French Foreign Ministry highly estimated the diplomatic steps of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which, according to him, “led to the prisoners' swap.”

As we reported, Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian and  Defense Minister Florence Parly visit Moscow on September 9 to hold negotiations at the level of the foreign ministers. Ukraine's issue is included in the agenda.

On September 8, Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the date of a meeting in the Normandy format in the near future by phone.

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