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    French lawmaker from The Republicans center-right party Jacques Myard said that France has close relations with Russia to combat a terrorist threat and, in fact, it shows that sanctions against Russia are inadequate and are aining at a wrong enemy.

    SEVASTOPOL (Sputnik) — The anti-Russia sanctions imposed by the West are inadequate and aim at a wrong enemy, French lawmaker from The Republicans center-right party Jacques Myard, who is currently visiting Crimea, told Sputnik on Saturday.

    "I which to say that fortunately we have close relations with Russia to combat a terrorist threat and, in fact, it shows that sanctions are inadequate and are aiming at a wrong enemy. Russia is not our enemy in Europe and this why I always say we have to concentrate on the enemy which is terrorism and in this field, we are happy that we have a close cooperation with Russia," Jacques Myard said.

    He noted that the terrorism is not a question to be dealt with only by police or intelligence.

    "It is a question of society. We need to tech our country man and women that in fact we are living in a secular state in France. From the kindergarten we have to teach the principals and values of France," he said.

    The United States, European Union and some of their allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions since Crimea reunified with Russia in 2014, and accused Moscow of meddling in the Ukrainian conflict.

    Russia has repeatedly refuted the accusations, and warned that the sanctions are counterproductive and undermine regional and global stability.

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