France calls for easing of tensions with Russia
10 September 2019 | 12:23 pm
The French foreign minister has called during a Moscow visit for better ties with Russia. Relations between Europe and Russia have been strained since the EU and US imposed sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
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