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Ukraine/discussion with the President of the European Commission

Published on August 18, 2014
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, August 16, 2014

The French President spoke today to the President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso.

They signalled their concern over the situation in the eastern Ukrainian regions. The Head of State recalled that Russia must commit itself to respecting Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and he called on Ukraine to show restraint and discernment in the military operations under way against the separatists.

The two men emphasized the urgent humanitarian situation and the needs of people in eastern Ukraine. The conditions must be recreated for it [humanitarian aid] to be delivered and for a genuine political process to resume. France remains ready for a new summit in the Normandy format to support this process. The meeting of the French, German, Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers, planned for Sunday, could be a first step towards this meeting./.

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