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Ukraine - Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs (March 22, 2014)

"Some important decisions were made on Friday at the European Council meeting aimed at condemning the annexation of Crimea and strengthening the EU’s support for Ukraine.

We now have 2 priorities: preventing any further escalation and supporting Ukraine in the political transition and economic reform process.

To that end, I stress the need for the immediate deployment of the OSCE observation mission. Similarly, political dialogue must be initiated between Ukraine and Russia and the international community must lend its full support to Mr. Yatsenyuk’s government in the run-up to the presidential elections on May 25, which are a key step toward Ukraine’s stabilization and recovery."



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