World 26.6.2017 02:58 pm

Macron says France will not recognise Crimea ‘annexation’

French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a joint press conference with his Senegalese counterpart following their meeting at the Elysee palace on June 12, 2017 in Paris.
French President Emmanuel Macron's party is on course for an overwhelming parliamentary majority, after the June 11, 2017 first round of voting for the National Assembly left traditional parties in disarray. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURE

French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a joint press conference with his Senegalese counterpart following their meeting at the Elysee palace on June 12, 2017 in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron's party is on course for an overwhelming parliamentary majority, after the June 11, 2017 first round of voting for the National Assembly left traditional parties in disarray. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURE

The French foreign ministry said OSCE observers in Ukraine were being subjected to ‘unacceptable intimidation and obstacles’.

President Emmanuel Macron said Monday France refuses to recognise Russia’s “annexation” of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said: “France is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty with its recognised borders.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, in a trip that Kiev condemned as a violation of its sovereignty. Western powers accuse Russia of failing to honour its commitments under the Minsk accords framework for ending the violence between government forces and Kremlin-backed rebels in Ukraine’s east.

EU leaders agreed last week to extend stringent economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, saying Moscow had failed to meet its commitments on the ceasefire in Ukraine.

The French foreign ministry said OSCE observers in Ukraine were being subjected to “unacceptable intimidation and obstacles”.

When Macron met Putin in May, shortly after the new French leader took office, he admitted the two had “disagreed on a number of things”.

 

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