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    Well-known French politician Jean-Pierre Chevenement has described the West's prolongation of sanctions against Russia as 'a show', given that Kiev has avoided ending the conflict by refusing to adhere to part of the Minsk ceasefire agreements on eastern Ukraine.

    The West is extending its sanctions against Russia, despite Kiev's refusal to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict: the Ukrainian government has refused to implement part of the Minsk ceasefire agreements on eastern Ukraine. These sanctions are "nothing but a show", prominent French politician Jean-Pierre Chevenement said in an interview with the French magazine Marianne.

    He recalled that France tried to resolve the Ukraine crisis by restoring the so-called Normandy format of talks, which eventually led to the signing of the two Minsk agreements on a ceasefire in Ukraine's east.

    "However, the second Minsk agreement hasn’t been implemented because of Ukraine, which rejects the document's political portion, which are related to elections in the Russian-speaking eastern regions and a proposed constitutional reform calling for broad autonomy. And now they punish Russia. It's real theatrics," Chevenement said.

    According to him, the anti-Russian sanctions were extended without being discussed in a full-fledged manner by the European Union. He said that similar practice of subservience to the United States must be challenged.

    "In principle, all the states are equal within the United Nations, except, of course, the Security Council, which includes five permanent members out of the fifteen. This legitimate scheme collapsed and gave way to so-called Westernism, a dominant system of allegiance to an American overlord," Chevenement concluded.

    Since March 2014, Western countries have imposed sanctions against Russia several times because of Moscow's position on Ukraine. The sanctions list of the United States and Canada was expanded in March 2015 and June 2015, respectively. Additionally on June 22, the Foreign Ministers of the EU countries extended their economic sanctions on Russia until January 31, 2016.

    Jean-Pierre Chevenement is one of the founders of the French Socialist Party and the left-wing Citizen and Republican Movement party, of which he is an honorary president. He has also served as the French Foreign Ministry's Special Representative  for Relations with Russia.

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