France urging Russia to use its influence on separatists to settle Donbas conflict


Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall before his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 23, 2016.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has said that sanctions against Russia will continue until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented and called on Moscow to use its influence on separatists to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“I again call on Russia to use its influence on the separatists in order to find a way out of the situation and for us to find a political solution to the conflict [in Donbas],” Ayrault said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Paris on March 9.

The French foreign minister stressed that Paris will continue to support Ukraine in order to restore its sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as peace on its territory.

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