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"It would weaken the objective of resolving this conflict and would be a victory to those who endangered the security of a country," Ayrault told Reuters, speaking before talks between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in Minsk on implementing a ceasefire accord in eastern Ukraine.

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"Abandoning the Minsk accords would be a mistake for our strategic interests," Ayrault added.