The French Senate adopted a resolution on the easing of sanctions against Russia

The Senate (upper house of Parliament), France on Wednesday, June 8, adopted a resolution calling for the government to begin a gradual easing of sanctions against Russia. This is stated on the website of the Senate. The document is Advisory in nature.

In the text of the document expressed regret at the deterioration of relations between Russia and the EU and noted that “the restoration of confidence and strong relationships is essential to solve common tasks and achieve the strategic partnership with Russia”.

“We note that the EU sanctions against the Russian Federation have negative consequences, both in economic and political terms, for all parties, as well as for relations between the EU and Russia”, — said in the text of the resolution.

“Call for a gradual and partial easing of the sanctions regime of the European Union towards Russia, especially economic sanctions, and linking this weakening with significant progress and targeted actions for the implementation of the Minsk agreements in comparison with the situation at the time of their adoption on 12 February 2015”, — reads the text of the document.

The sponsors believe that the gradual easing of sanctions in the economic sphere and their revision in the political sphere will contribute to the progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

The text of the resolution also calls on the government to resume negotiations on the bilateral meetings at high level between representatives of the member States of the EU and Russia. “We urge the government to encourage its European partners to the lifting of personal sanctions against Russian parliamentarians, which are an obstacle to necessary and appropriate parliamentary and political dialogue,” the resolution reads.

At the end of April the document was approved by the National Assembly (lower house of Parliament) of France.