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Some European MPs taking anti-sanction stance — A Just Russia party leader

July 29, 2015, 16:22 UTC+3 NOVO-OGARYOVO
Sergey Mironov told president Putin that despite a difficult international situation, his party is strengthening contacts with European colleagues
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Vladimir Putin and A Just Russia Party leader Sergey Mironov

Vladimir Putin and A Just Russia Party leader Sergey Mironov

© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

NOVO-OGARYOVO, July 29. /TASS/. A number of European parliamentarians come out against sanctions imposed on Russia and ‘black lists’ [of individuals sanctioned because of the Ukrainian crisis], A Just Russia Party leader Sergey Mironov told President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

"I would like to inform you about international activity of our party and our faction," Mironov told the president. "In July, our colleagues traveled to Brussels at the invitation of European Parliament’s deputies," meeting in particular with Knut Fleckentein, vice-chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, he said.

"In view of all the latest developments, we were surprised to hear from him that he was in favor of the lifting of any sanctions, abolition of the so-called stop-lists, all lists," Mironov said.

"The situation is changing," Mironov added, pledging to continue this work. He also told the president that despite a difficult international situation, his party was strengthening contacts with colleagues.

"We are member party of the Socialist International, and first of all we are very glad that our colleagues from the Social Democratic Party of Germany are active in contacting us," Mironov continued.

He also mentioned a meeting two months ago with the deputy chairman of the German Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, Franz Thonnes, who was interested "in the situation connected with Ukraine, [its] southeast and sanctions".

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