French President Emmanuel Macron looks on after he accompanies Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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France insisted Wednesday that the lifting of damaging sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis be conditioned on advances in the country's peace process.The rise of nationalist and populist parties in the EU has bolstered Russia's campaign to have the measures -- which were imposed over its annexation of Crimea and support for rebels in Ukraine's east -- repealed.Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine after the 2014 ouster of a pro-Russian president in Kiev plunged relations between the EU and Russia into the deep freeze.
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