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France's Hollande backs extending sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
December 13, 2016 / 11:03 AM / a year ago

France's Hollande backs extending sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that he backed extending sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, echoing similar comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he had held a joint news conference.

French President Francois Hollande speaks during a joint statement following a meeting with Riad Hijab, chief coordinator of the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

“We must continue to apply the terms of the Minsk agreement, and when they are not carried out, we must continue with sanctions,” said Hollande.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Editing by John Irish

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