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Sanctions Against Kiev Needed, Although Unlikely Amid Rusophobia in EU

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Czech MP considers imposing sanctions against Ukraine over its failure to implement the Minsk agreement to be an "honest" solution.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Imposing sanctions against Ukraine over its failure to implement the Minsk agreement, and mishandling of Odessa massacre investigation, would be the "honest" solution, a Czech member of the European Parliament told Sputnik Friday, regretting that the move was unlikely amid Rusophobic moods in Europe.

“If the world were honest, there would have been sanctions, and even international tribunal to judge what happened in Odessa and other places in Ukraine, would have already taken place. But unfortunately, the international community uses double standards,” Jiri Mastalka said. “But in the Rusophobia that has set in the European Union, it is very unlikely to happen,” he added.

Earlier in the day, French lawmaker Thierry Mariani suggested imposing sanctions on Kiev as it failed to implement reforms stipulated in the Minsk accords on Ukrainian settlement.

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Many Western politicians link together the implementation of the Minsk Agreements with the lifting of anti-Russia sanctions. Mastalka stressed, however, that much of the Minsk deal implementation lies in the hands of Ukraine.

“So if we follow the similar standards to all the participants of the Normandy format, the EU and the US should contribute to the resolution of the situation as well,” he continued.

In April, the National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament, supported a resolution calling to lift the sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis. The French Senate will vote on the resolution on June 8. According to French lawmakers, the bill was met with almost unanimous support in the Senate Committee for the European Affairs.

The chances of the Senate approving the resolution are high, Mariani said, adding that the upper house is dominated by his opposition party The Republicans, which had a hard time pushing the resolution through the Socialist-dominated lower house.

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