“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.
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.