Ukraine – Comments made by Laurent Fabius following the Foreign Affairs Council meeting (March 17, 2014)
Following yesterday’s vote which is completely illegal and unconstitutional, we have taken three sets of decisions.
The first decision relates to a whole range of sanctions against Crimean and Russian leaders. These sanctions include the freezing of their assets and foreign travel restrictions.
Furthermore, we have issued a proposal to deploy a so-called OSCE mission throughout Ukraine; and we have decided to provide political, economic as well as financial support to Ukraine. Our objective is to demonstrate firmness in the face of an unacceptable Russian decision, and at the same time, to open channels of dialogue in order to avoid an escalation.
And I would like to emphasize the extent to which the Europeans are united, which is absolutely essential.