December 13, 2016 / 11:03 AM / 3 years ago

France's Hollande backs extending sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel make a statement to the media at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that he backed extending sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, echoing similar comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he had held a joint news conference.

“We must continue to apply the terms of the Minsk agreement, and when they are not carried out, we must continue with sanctions,” said Hollande.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Editing by John Irish

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