"Many times I have asked the Russian leadership to take part in the settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine. There are no prerequisites to assume that Russia has reduced aggression against a sovereign country at the moment," Hollande said.
According to him, France supported the EU decision not to impose new economic sanctions against Russia, but only temporarily. Hollande, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to continue talks with Vladimir Putin to resolve the conflict. Hollande is confident that negotiations with Russia will bring results by the end of this year and there will be no need to introduce new sanctions.
The EU-Ukraine-Russia trilateral meeting is expected to take place Dec. 21 in Minsk.
The United States tried to help France not to lose money through nonperformance of Mistral contract back in early December by concluding a contract for the supply of cruise liners. The contract value is 1.2 billion euro.