PARIS, April 28. /TASS/. The EU’s decision to impose sanctions against Russia was dictated by ideological considerations, member of the National Front political party of France Marion Marechal-Le Pen said on Thursday during the debates in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament.
"The French policy based on its own interests has been relegated to oblivion," she said. "We are toeing the line of NATO policies. This allocates Europe not the role of an ally but that of a vassal."
The parliamentarian recalled that, in spite of the Minsk agreements, the ceasefire continues to be violated, including by the Ukrainian side. "However, no sanctions are imposed against Kiev. This is quite understandable, since they were primarily dictated by ideological considerations," Marechal-Le Pen said.
She noted that French exports to Russia dropped 12% since the sanctions took effect, and the bilateral trade fell 6.6%. "At the same time, the United States continued to boost trade ties with Russia," the lawmaker said, adding that it is pointless to push ahead with the sanctions policy against Moscow.