Sanctions Backfire as Russian Ships Clog Up French Ports, Cost Local Authorities Thousands to Move

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Paris and its allies slapped Russia with tough sanctions in the aftermath of Moscow’s decision to recognise the sovereignty of the Donbass republics on 21 February, and its 24 February move to launch a military operation in Ukraine.

Russian-owned commercial vessels trapped in French ports containing vehicles, chemicals and other cargoes have become a major nuisance for local authorities, cluttering up dockyards and costing thousands of euros to move, France 2 TV has reported.

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