21:27 GMT26 January 2020
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    Sanctions against Russia are not working, are counterproductive and have to go, a prominent French lawmaker stated on Thursday.

    “The logic of sanctions is no longer working today and we need to make Brussels to gradually consign them to history. We all know that sanctions are often counterproductive and Iran is a prime example of this,” Senator Yves Pozzo di Borgo wrote in a message to the participants of a conference on Franco-Russian relations that opened in Paris on Thursday.

    Admitting the difference existing between the EU and Russia, including on the situation in eastern Ukraine, Pozzo di Borgo said he just couldn’t understand why the EU’s only reaction to the Ukrainian crisis was to introduce financial sanctions against Russia, which primarily backfired against European companies willing to do business with Russia.

    “What we need now is not sanctions but across-the-board strategic partnership with Russia,” the Senator emphasized.

    This opinion was readily echoed by Senator Jean Bizet, who said that a multipolar world was “unthinkable” without Russia.


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