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    France’s former prime minister François Fillon called on Kiev to respect the Minsk agreements during the Friday debate with the second presidential hopeful from The Republicans party Alain Juppe.

    PARIS (Sputnik) – Fillon said that the both sides have to respect the Minsk Accords.

    "Finally, I want Russia to respect the Minsk accords, but for that it is also necessary that the Ukrainians respect them," Fillon stressed.

    In April 2014, Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup. In February 2015, the two sides reached a ceasefire deal after talks brokered by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine — the so-called Normandy Format — in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Kiev has been reluctant to implement a number of Minsk deal provisions.


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