Q - A “representation” of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk is due to be inaugurated on September 25 in Marseille. To what extent is such a representation legal given that this entity is not recognized by France? Can and will the Quai d’Orsay call for its closure?
A - The entity to which you are referring (the so-called Representative Center of the Donetsk People’s Republic in France) is registered as an association under the law of 1901, which does not require any prior authorization. The French authorities do not officially recognize this association, which does not have any diplomatic status and will not benefit from the associated privileges or immunities.
Our position is constant: France is attached to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and to the full restoration of its sovereignty; it does not recognize the separatist entities in certain areas of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, with which we do not have any relations.
The minister for Europe and foreign affairs considers the purpose of the association to be unlawful and has consequently forwarded information to the public prosecutor.
France, alongside Germany, is committed within the framework of the Normandy format, to finding a peaceful and lasting political solution to the crisis.