France seeks end to Russia sanctions over Ukraine

French President Francois Hollande says he wants Western sanctions on Russia to be lifted if progress is made in talks on the Ukraine conflict this month.Mr Hollande said Russian President Vladimir Putin “doesn’t want to annex eastern Ukraine – he told me that” (BBC). “I’m not for the policy of attaining goals by making things worse,” Mr. Hollande said in the interview on France Inter radio. “I think that sanctions must stop now.” (New York Times).