: French Senate to vote for resolution on lifting Russia sanctions

13:28 Jun. 8, 2016

French Senate to vote for resolution on lifting Russia sanctions

Entrance to the Senate of France, the upper house of the Parliament of France. (GettyImages)

Document is recommendatory with no obligation to implementation

The Senate, the upper house of the Parliament of France, is set to consider the resolution calling for lifting the sanctions against Russia. The voting is planned for Wednesday, June 8th, according to the official website.

The initiative to vote on lifting Russia sanctions belongs to two senators, that is Yves Pozzo di Borgo and Simon Sutour. One of them, Pozzo di Borgo, was in the delegation visiting Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula in 2015.

The trip ended up with a political scandal, since French media published a photo of di Borgo wearing a T-shirt with offensive slogans addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Read also French MP dismissed over visit to Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula

Earlier in April the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament of France, supported the resolution. It is established though the resolution is non-binding and does not obligate the government to comply.

The document was considered to be adopted, since the majority of the lawmakers ignored the voting in general. 55 out of 101 deputies present insisted the restrictions be lifted or at least softened. The total number of French MPs estimates 577 officials.

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