Ukraine - Russia - Crimea – Statement by Laurent Fabius (March 16, 2014)
Referendum in Crimea is illegal and contrary to the Ukrainian constitution. It is all the more illegal since it took place under the threat of the Russian occupying forces.
Russia has special responsibilities in the international arena as a permanent member of the Security Council.
It must recognize and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
France calls on the Russian Federation to take steps immediately to allow a needless, dangerous escalation in Ukraine to be avoided.