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Published on March 18, 2014
Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic

Paris, March 18, 2014

The Russian President has today signed a treaty integrating Crimea into Russia. This act comes after the holding of a referendum in Crimea which is illegal under Ukrainian and international law.

I condemn this decision. France recognizes neither the results of the referendum held in Crimea on 16 March nor the incorporation of that region of Ukraine into Russia.

The forthcoming European Council on 20 and 21 March must provide the opportunity for a strong, coordinated European response to the new phase which has just been entered./.

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