MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, the French National Assembly passed a resolution to lift sanctions against Russia. Out of the 101 lawmakers, 55 voted in favor of the resolution. The resolution is not legally binding.
Adoption de la résolution sur la levée des sanctions contre la Russie. Votant: 101. Majorité: 50. Pour: 55. Contre: 44. 2 Abst. #DirectAn— Assemblée nationale (@AssembleeNat) 28 апреля 2016 г.
Adoption of the resolution on the lifting of sanctions against Russia. Voting: 101. Majority: 50. In Favor: 55. Against: 44. 2 Abstained.
"I was surprised with the outcome. In fact, many members of the parliament who are friends of Russia came today to support the resolution," Thierry Mariani said in English.
He said the government now must voice its position.
"France's vote on the matter is clear. It is against the sanctions and now the government needs to meet within weeks to discuss sanctions against Russia," he said.
Washington and Brussels imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and the Russian defense, energy and banking sectors in July 2014. Russia responded by introducing a year-long food embargo on imports from the United States, the European Union and other countries that targeted Russia, subsequently extending the current embargo until August 5, 2016.
The EU leaders summit is scheduled for June 28-29. Extending the EU economic sanctions against Russia, which are due to expire in July, is likely to be on the summit's agenda.