Lifting EU sanctions on Russia would be counterproductive, says French FM


EU SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIAFrench Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Tuesday that lifting European Union sanctions on Russia would weaken efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis and hand a victory to Moscow.

“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 ceasefire 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.

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



12 responses to “Lifting EU sanctions on Russia would be counterproductive, says French FM”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Wonder if Russia was one of the 40 countries contributing to the ‘newest’ cover just placed over Chernobyl ……

      1. Rudy1947 Avatar

        Then stop publishing them.

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar

        They could sink lower by being ISISies. I suppose they got into the movie business to try to accent their positives – even if evidence suggests they concentrate on one ‘side’ of a fence.
        I think they had a beginning by rescuing some folks, although perhaps now realize that if everyone escapes they will be out of work – and possible food supplies. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Unlike the ISISies, it seems they don’t truck the hostages around with them – only the actors. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        AND, isn’t just everyone over there trying to put a ‘good face’ on what they do?

        Initially, everyone complained that there was no ‘news-footage’ … now there is lots. :-)))

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          I’ve been mindful of ‘good tooling’, I believe, for most of the life … have noted when products declined in usage, or in longevity, due to changes in tooling quality.
          I doubt anything has become a ‘west tool’ here … it’s simply ‘a tool’ among the many.
          We have noted already, the lack of usage. ‘World’ threw out the dies.

          1. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Are you all right???

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (checking body …)

          3. West tool; no footage like: “The moment of Syrian army storm Alhaidariya neighbourhood” in center of Aleppo and helps Syrians to flee for safety welcoming tens of thousands of civilians. Syria future hidden from West public.
            Syria futureis no footage of what they don’t want us to see.
            The moment

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Innovative use of a previously popular clothing shop. :-)))) As in ‘wow’. ๐Ÿ˜‰
            Four other mannequins looking on…. (maybe not the one in black .. who knows?)
            (yah .. legs are a little too stiff …)

          2. The first video was the usualt stuff the store and building was bombed by daeishh

  2. O'Matrix Avatar

    Putin warned of “world catastrophe” if the two sides do not work together. His annual address blamed Russia’s economic woes on domestic issues rather than international sanctions.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wants to cooperate with the incoming US administration and combine efforts against terrorism at his unusually diplomatic annual state-of-the-nation address in the Kremlin on Thursday.

    Is it surprising that Putin calls now for unity with the West under Trump administration, or was it expected?

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