The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has rebuked the French Senate for what it said was the insufficient understanding of the depth of international law violations by Russia.
It was reacting to the resolution of the French parliament calling for the gradual softening of sanctions against Russia.
"The resolution of the French Senate, which calls for a gradual softening of the sanctions, shows that the senators do not completely understand the gravity of Russian violations of international law. Russia continues military actions in Donbas, as a result of which Ukrainian citizens are dying, and carries out repressive policy in occupied Crimea, above all with regard to Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians. Thus, currently there are no reasons to have the sanctions imposed on this state reviewed or cancelled," the statement reads.
The Foreign Ministry hopes that France will remain loyal to international law and European values and will further support international efforts to stop the Russian aggression against Ukraine.