The upper house of the Parliament of France has passed a resolution advising the government to promote easing of the EU sanctions against the Russian Federation. However, the resolution suggests to keep the sanctions as long as Minsk peace agreements are not implemented, Ukrinform reports.
302 senators voted for the resolution, 16 – cast their votes against it.
The Senate’s resolution, unlike the resolution of the National Assembly (lower house of French parliament), suggests gradual lift of sanctions. One of key items of the resolution is its requirement for the government to maintain ‘unchanging support for territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and to condemn annexation of Crimea by Russia’.
Despite the voting, the resolution is not compulsory and is not supposed to have an impact on the decision of the president and government of France regarding the lift or extension of anti-Russian sanctions.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated, that any information about preliminary easing of sanctions against Russia is counter productive.