Situation in Ukraine - Statement by Laurent Fabius (February 1, 2014)
I had a meeting in Munich today, on the sidelines of the Security Conference, with two major opposition leaders – Messrs Klitchko and Yatsenyuk – who set out to me their analysis of the situation and called for the adoption of European sanctions. I then met the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, who gave me his assessment. I also discussed the issue with my European foreign minister colleagues present.
The Ukraine situation shows worrying signs of deterioration. France condemns the intolerable acts of which civilians are the victims and the government’s calls for a state of emergency. We call for an immediate halt to the violence. We would draw all the necessary conclusions from the continuation of such practices.
Talks must continue between the authorities and the opposition in order to map out ways for a mutually acceptable, peaceful solution leading to free, transparent elections when the time comes.