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Trump: Only 'fools' think good relations with Russia are bad

US President-elect Donald Trump appears to have shown his commitment to strengthening US-Russian ties once he is inaugurated by saying that "only "stupid" people, or fools, would think good relations with Russia are bad".

In a series of tweets, posted in the wake of increasingly strained relations between Washington and Moscow following allegations that Russia tried to interfere with the White House race, Trump indicated working with the state would be important in future and said when he takes office, Russia will "respect" the US far more than they do now.

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France calls for Russia to stop military action in Syria

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has called for the ceasefire agreement to be respected. Credit: AP

France has called on Russia to stop military action in Syria and respect a fragile ceasefire agreement brokered by Moscow and Turkey to end almost six years of war.

The truce deal, which was welcomed unanimously by the United Nations Security Council, has been repeatedly violated since it began, with warring sides trading the blame.

On Saturday, Syria rebels warned they would abandon the ceasefire if government forces continued to violate it, asking the Russians, who support President Bashar al-Assad, to rein in army and militia attacks in the valley by 8 pm.

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: "We resolutely condemn everything Russia could do in Syria that would contribute to a continuation of fighting.

"We hope talks between separate Syrian forces will continue so the ceasefire can hold. We ask the Russians to stop taking part in military operations which are deadly operations."

However he did not specify which actions in particular he was referring to.

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