French MPs have voted in favor of a resolution to lift the EU-imposed sanctions initially slapped on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea. The document is non-binding.

 

Fifty-five members of the French National Assembly have supported the resolution calling on the government not to extend the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU. Forty-four voted against and two abstained. Of the 577 deputies in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, 101 took part in the vote.

 

The resolution, calling on the French government to protest extension of EU sanctions against Russia, was submitted by 85 French MPs.

 

Thierry Mariani, member of the center-right Republicans party who initiated the parliamentary debate, says the document “calls on the French government not to extend the restrictive measures and economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union”.

 

The debate on canceling sanctions was held at the National Assembly for the first time, the politician said. Mariani stressed that anti-Russian sanctions should be lifted because they only cause harm.

 

 

 

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