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Published on March 17, 2014
Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Paris, March 16, 2014

Today’s referendum in Crimea is illegal and contrary to the Ukrainian constitution. It is all the more illegal since it took place under the threat of the Russian occupying forces.

Russia has special responsibilities in the international arena as a permanent member of the Security Council.

It must recognize and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

France calls on the Russian Federation to take steps immediately to allow a needless, dangerous escalation in Ukraine to be avoided./.

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