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 Lifting Russia sanctions will hand victory to Moscow, - France's Foreign Minister Ayrault

Lifting EU sanctions on Russia would weaken efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis and hand a victory to Moscow.

This was announced by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Tuesday, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

"It would weaken the objective of resolving this conflict and would be a victory to those who endangered the security of a country," Ayrault told Reuters, speaking before talks between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in Minsk on implementing a cease-fire accord in eastern Ukraine.

With some calls in France, notably by presidential election front runner Francois Fillon, to lift sanctions on Russia, Ayrault said it would be tantamount to giving in to Moscow.

Read more: UK, Polish PMs: Sanctions against Russia must be maintained until Minsk deal implemented, Ukraine must be granted support


"Abandoning the Minsk accords would be a mistake for our strategic interests," Ayrault added.



 
 
 
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