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Published on January 24, 2014
Excerpts from the interview given by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to I-Télé

Paris, January 24, 2014


Q. – A word about the situation in Ukraine: the Ukrainian Prime Minister yesterday described the demonstrations organized by the opposition as a veritable coup d’état attempt; are you worried about the situation in Kiev?

THE MINISTER – Yes, of course, worried and outraged. I’ve also instructed the Quai d’Orsay to summon Ukraine’s Ambassador to France today. It’s a gesture to show that France really condemns this. It’s a very difficult situation; we’re calling for dialogue between Mr Yanukovych, the President, and the opposition representatives. In particular, I’m in contact with Mr Klitschko, one of the major opposition leaders. But the laws that have been passed – which are extremely repressive – will, I hope, be changed, and dialogue must be established.

As for the Ukrainian Prime Minister, the least that can be said is that he hasn’t shown himself in a positive light in recent days, because you saw there were orders to fire on the crowd, which is obviously intolerable. (…)./.