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    Russia Neither ‘Adversary, Nor Threat’ to France – Hollande

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    President Francois Hollande denied on Friday that France regarded Russia as a threat, saying it was a partner, ahead of the NATO summit in Warsaw.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He said Russia was a "partner that, it’s true, can sometimes as we saw in Ukraine, resort to force, and we condemned what happened in Crimea."

    "The NATO does not have a goal to influence relations that Europe wants to have with Russia. For France, Russia is not an adversary, not a threat," Hollande told reporters in a doorstep interview.

    The French president said that together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel they will continue looking for a solution to the crisis in Ukraine.


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