Ukraine - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (15.05.18)

Q – The mayor of Marignane traveled to Crimea and signed an agreement with the city of Yevpatoria. French elected officials are attending the opening of the Kerch Strait Bridge. Does the French government have any comment?

A – Our position is clear: the agreement signed by the municipality of Marignane does not reflect the position of the French government. Similarly, the attendance of French officials at the inauguration ceremony is a personal initiative that we regret; it is contrary to international law and the French authorities are not responsible for it.

France condemns Russia’s construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, which will contribute to depriving Ukraine of full access to and use of its internationally recognized territorial waters.

It remains strongly committed to reestablishing Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. Calling its borders into question is contrary to international law, including the commitments made by the Russian Federation. It represents a direct threat to international peace and security and has serious repercussions on the international order. That is why the international community, the EU, and France do not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea.