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French prime minister defends tough stance on Russia over Syria

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls


PARIS (Reuters) October 12, 2016 - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday dismissed criticism from opposition lawmakers of his government's handling of relations with Russia over Syria saying Moscow had an "obstructive" and "unjustifiable" stance on the crisis.
"Russia has chosen an obstructive attitude and from our point of view this stance is unjustifiable," Valls said after being asked by a parliamentarian why Paris was adopting a tough position on Russia.