France hopes to see Russia sanctions lifted 'this summer' – French economy minister

France hopes that international sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine will be lifted “this summer,” French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday. “The goal that we all share is to be able to lift the sanctions this summer because the (Minsk peace) process will have been respected,” Macron told French business executives during a visit to Moscow. The Minsk peace deal is a package of measures agreed by the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia in the Belarusian capital.

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