The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - September 26, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Russia

◢  Afgan Mukhtarli's situation


According to Russian media reports, Vladimir Putin proposed to the leaders of several dozen countries, including the members of NATO, that a moratorium be imposed on the deployment of short- and medium-range missiles in Europe. Has France received this proposal? What is your position on this issue?

We are examining Russia's proposals on this very important issue.

Our position on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) is well known. We regret that no solution could be found to keep that treaty in force. The INF treaty was a fundamental part of Europeans' security.

It is essential for us to consider, together, the conditions that will enable us to restore strategic stability in Europe through a dialogue on multilateral instruments and forums. That includes the question of the future of arms control in the context of the end of the INF treaty, and the discussion on extending the New START Treaty.

That was in fact the message conveyed by the minister and the armed forces minister in Moscow on September 9.

Afgan Mukhtarli's situation

After being returned by force from his exile in Georgia, the famous investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli has been imprisoned in Azerbaijan for more than two years on the basis of accusations deemed false by human rights organizations. They assert that his rights and those of his attorney are chronically violated in prison. Does France have any comment?

France reiterates its commitment to the freedom of the press and freedom of expression worldwide. As reaffirmed in the recent EU statement on the sidelines of the OSCE's Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, which began in Warsaw on September 16, France and its European partners are closely following the situation of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. It calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to respect Mr. Mukhtarli's rights.

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