The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - September 30, 2020
In this issue:

◢  EU – Presentation of the Louise Weiss Prize for European Journalism by Clément Beaune (Paris - September 30, 2020)

◢  Russia – Situation of Yuri Dmitriev (September 30, 2020)

◢  Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

 
EU – Presentation of the Louise Weiss Prize for European Journalism by Clément Beaune (Paris - September 30, 2020)

Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will present the Louise Weiss Prize for European Journalism on September 30 at 6:30 pm at the Quai d'Orsay.

This prize was created in 2005 by the French section of the Association of European Journalists with the active support of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and is aimed at encouraging journalists to provide more in-depth and more instructional coverage of European issues. It pays tribute to Louise Weiss (1893-1983), a committed journalist and European, who worked on pioneering projects to promote peace, French-German rapprochement and European unity.

This year's winners are as follows:
Analysis category: Hélène Hug and Loïc Lemoigne for "Hongrie: la montée des populismes" ["Hungary: The rise of populism"] (Avenue de l'Europe (France 3)).
News report category: Vincent Mongaillard for "L'Europe, ça m'a ouvert l'esprit" ["Europe opened my mind"] (Le Parisien).
Young journalist category: Claire Corrion for "Je t'aime à l'européenne" ["I love you in a European way"] (Les Haut-Parleurs (TV5 Monde)).
Special Jury Award: Pierre Trouvé for "Histoire du Brexit" ["History of Brexit"] (Le Monde).



Russia – Situation of Yuri Dmitriev (September 30, 2020)

We were deeply concerned to learn of the 13-year prison sentence handed down by the Karelia Supreme Court against historian Yuri Dmitriev.

This sentence strikes at a historian and human rights advocate known for his work on Stalin-era mass graves.

As the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs emphasized in his speech at Charles University in Prague on December 6, 2019, where academic freedom is threatened, democracy and peace are in danger. That is why researchers must be able to work freely.

Mr. Dmitriev's sentence is especially troubling in that his health has deteriorated significantly since the beginning of his detention.

Along with its EU partners, France is calling for Yuri Dmitriev's immediate release. The French authorities will continue to closely monitor developments in Mr. Dmitriev's situation.



Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to urgently renew their dialogue via the Minsk Group. What initiatives will Paris, Washington and Moscow take within this group?

Armenia is accusing Turkey of shooting down one of its airplanes and sending Syrian militiamen to fight alongside the Azerbaijanis in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Do you have any information about that?

President Macron addressed this topic at his press conference with the Latvian Prime Minister in Riga this morning. I refer you to his remarks.


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