Ukraine – Illegal annexation of Crimea (March 21, 2017)

Three years after the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, France remains firmly attached to the full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders.

The calling into question of borders is contrary to international law. It constitutes a direct threat to international security and has serious repercussions for international order, which protects the unity and sovereignty of all states.

This is why the international community, the EU and France do not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.

France is concerned by the militarization of the peninsular and the deteriorating human rights situation, notably affecting Crimean Tatars. In accordance with resolution 71/205 of December 19, 2016, adopted by the UN General Assembly, it is crucial that the regional and international human rights monitoring mechanisms as well as the non-governmental human rights organizations have unimpeded access to the entire territory of Ukraine, including Crimea and Sevastopol. France calls for the release of all individuals who have been detained in violation of international law.