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 Europe ‘must keep sanctions on Russia while Ukraine peace process ongoing,' - Hollande

French president believes the sanctions against Russian Federation should be linked to the Minsk process of peaceful settlement of the Donbas conflict.

This was announced by François Hollande at the joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart after their talks in Paris on Tuesday, Censor.NET informs citing The Wall Street Journal.

"For the moment, we must ensure that the sanctions are kept in place and linked to the Minsk peace deal," French president said.

Read more: EU extends sanctions against Russia for six more months

Earlier on Tuesday, COREPER (the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union) decided to extend the sanctions against Russia for another six months, until Jan. 31, 2017.

As previously reported, in 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced. The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies

 
 
 
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