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Western policy of sanctions unreasonable — French politician

August 18, 2014, 9:18 UTC+3 PARIS

Philippe de Villiers says all peacefully disposed people who love Europe and Russia want to get out of this vicious circle

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PARIS, August 18. /ITAR-TASS/. The sanctions policy, which the West currently pursues with regard to Russia, is unreasonable. This opinion has been expressed by Philippe de Villiers, a prominent French politician and entrepreneur.

"Sanctions are an act of war," deVilliers said. "All peacefully disposed people who love Europe and Russia want to get out of this vicious circle".

"America conducts itself unreasonably," the politician pointed out in an interview published in Le Figaro on Monday. "It wants to subordinate the whole world to NATO and enkindles flame everywhere". His opinion is that the United States wants not only to "draw Ukraine into NATO" but also "get hold of Russia" in order to impose its social model on it. "I accuse America of striving for war everywhere in the world because it visualizes it as the only way to resolve the problem of its enormous debt," de Villiers added.

Mentioning the latest steps of the European Union, he expressed regret in view of the fact that Europe "now acts in the interests of American policy, not on its own behalf". Europe, the entrepreneur said, runs the risk of turning into a "51st state of the USA". He emphasized that the future of Europe must be shaped on the European continent, not on the American soil". "Europe cannot do without Russia," de Villiers said.

De Villiers' visit to Russia

Philippe de Villiers visited the Russian Federation last week to discuss plans aimed at establishing theme parks dedicated to Russian history. According to the politician, he was deeply impressed by a meeting in Crimea with President Vladimir Putin.

"I was amazed at that statesman's charm, his far-sightedness and consideration for cultural exchanges," de Villiers pointed out. "I was greatly impressed by his determination to keep Russia open to the rest of the world".

De Villiers was repeatedly elected to the National Assembly of France and the European Parliament; he was a member of the French government as State Secretary for Cultural Affairs. He founded the famous "Puy du Fou" park in Vendee dedicated to the history of France and Europe. About two million people visit the park every year.

In Russia, de Villiers plans to take part in establishing theme parks dedicated to Russian history in Crimea and Moscow Region. "This is a very important project, for it presupposes participation of outstanding figures of Russian culture in this common cause," he stressed.'In France, everyone know Bolshoi and Maryinsky theatres. We shall be able to see the best pianists, dancers, and architects from that country of high culture.

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