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Observador - Portugal | Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sanctions against Russia should stay in place

French President François Hollande called on Monday for the sanctions against Russia over the war in eastern Ukraine to be lifted as soon as "progress" is made in settling the crisis. This would be interpreted as weakness on the part of the EU, José Milhazes writes on the liberal web portal Observador: "I was always against the sanctions because once you have taken that path, the short-, medium- and long-term consequences must be weighed up very precisely. They were imposed to punish Russia for annexing Crimea, and should therefore be lifted only if Moscow gives indications of changing its course here - which has not happened yet. The 'flexibility' of certain EU politicians is already being presented in Moscow's propaganda as a sign of the triumph of Russian foreign policy and the weakness of the EU."

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