Ukraine - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (18.07.17)

Q - On Tuesday, the leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, Alexander Zakharchenko, declared the creation of a new state, Malorossiya. Do you have any response?

A - We call on Russia to denounce this fait accompli, which is a violation of the Minsk Agreement and betrays the spirit of the Normandy-format negotiations. Russia must step up its efforts to bring an end to this conflict.

France remains committed to the full restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The Minsk Agreement signed by Russia and Ukraine, with the endorsement of the Normandy Format and the UN Security Council, is the only recognized framework for all the parties to achieve a peaceful, lasting resolution of the crisis between those two countries.

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