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 French Senate calls on government to ease sanctions against Russia

French Senate, the upper house of the National Assembly adopted a resolution with amendments calling the government for a gradual scaling down of the EU’s sanctions imposed against Russia on Wednesday. However, the resolution provides for maintaining restrictions until full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, 302 French senators voted in favor of the resolution, while 16 voted against the initiative.

The Senate's resolution is more balanced in contrast to the one adopted by the National Assembly (lower house of the French parliament), which proposed gradual lifting of the sanctions. One of its main provisions stipulates for the Senate to confirm its continued commitment to the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine and condemn the annexation of Crimea by Russia. The document was developed by members of the Senate Committee on European Affairs, Senator Yves Pozzo di Borgo (UDI-UC parliamentary group) and Senator Simone Suture.

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In general, a total of 28 amendments were submitted for the Senate's consideration besides the text of the resolution itself. Regardless of the vote results, the resolution is not legally binding and will not have an impact on the decision of the French president and government as for the continuation of sanctions against Russia.

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