14:27 Apr. 28, 2016
The document was put forward by deputy demoted from PACE for visiting Crimea
French lawmakers adopted a resolution to lift sanctions from the Russian Federation. 55 out of 101 deputies from the National Assembly (lower chamber of the country's Parliament) decided to approve the document. The results were published on the official website of the institution.
"A resolution on lifting sanctions from Russia. Voters overall: 101. Majority: 50. Votes for: 55. Votes against: 44. 2 abstained", said in the statement.
It is established that the resolution is non-binding and does not obligate the government to comply.
The initiator of the resolution is Thierry Mariani. He represents French residents who live in eastern Europe and Russia.
"The sanctions are completely pointless and cannot solve international crisis. They are dangerous for our interests", the lawmaker said.
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Thierry Mariani is known for his sympathy for Russia. He is a co-chairman of the "French-Russian dialogue" organisation. The other co-chairman is Vladimir Yakunin, former head of the Russian Railways and a close ally of President Putin.
In July 2015, Mariani along with 10 other centre-right French lawmakers visited Russia-occupied Crimea. The Foreign Affairs Ministry of France condemned this visit. Later Mariani said he was asked to step down from his position in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).