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Ukraine/Russia

Published on August 24, 2015
Interview given by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to the weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche
Paris, August 23, 2015

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Q. – On the Ukraine issue, do you trust Vladimir Putin’s Russia to ensure respect for the Minsk agreements?

THE MINISTER – We’re not naïve. The problem isn’t about trusting or not. What’s necessary is to remind people they can’t do something other than what they promised to do subject to severe penalties. We’re pressing, we’re acting to ensure that the weapons fall silent and elections in line with Ukraine’s constitution are held in Donbass soon, so that the Russia-Ukraine border can finally be respected. France acts everywhere for security and peace.

Q. – But do you believe the Russians are showing goodwill on this issue or not?

THE MINISTER – Let’s say there are ups and downs. Sometimes the Russians make concessions. Sometimes they claim that the separatists’ action isn’t up to them at all, a bold interpretation of the reality… The Minsk agreements, for which we share responsibility, laid down the practicalities for ensuring Ukraine could have proper relations with both Russia and the European Union: that’s our compass. (…)./.

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