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    November 27, 2017

    Russian lawmaker says Europe is beginning to notice that sanctions are "futile"

    November 27, 2017 - Fort Russ News - Paul Antonopoulos

    MOSCOW, Russia - Sergey Zheleznyak, member of Russia’s State Duma International Affairs Committee,claimed on Monday that Europe is finally realizing that its sanctions against Russia are pointless.

    Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland said Russia’s potential withdrawal "would be a big step backwards for Europe" following a Financial Times article that claimed the Council of Europe is considering to lifting the sanctions on Russia. 

    "Europe increasingly understands that it cannot solve the most serious problems and challenges without Russia, and is aware that the sanctions policy is senseless and futile, and anti-Russian hysteria is pointless," Zheleznyak told TASS.

    He then claimed that the anti-Russian sanctions effects their own economies and there are tendencies for people voting for nationalist parties now that do not want these sanctions.

    "These tendencies were clearly demonstrated at the most recent parliamentary elections in some European countries where the voters supported patriotically-oriented parties," the lawmaker said.

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