Ukraine’s future must and can depend only on the Ukrainians.
We must support the Ukrainian authorities in organizing, as smoothly as possible, a ballot that ensures everyone is represented. Our message has always been clear. There must be a move towards a free and transparent presidential election on 25 May, guaranteed by the presence of international observers.
We reiterate our commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
We call on Russia to commit itself resolutely to de-escalation and to condemn, along with the whole of this Council, the attempts at destabilization being carried out by armed groups in eastern Ukraine.
We call on Russia thus to live up to its role as a permanent member of the Security Council. Russia is a guarantor of peace and security in the world, both in the most distant places and in its “near abroad”. There can be no double standards. Russia must today exert all its influence to help Ukraine regain its stability. It must show itself equal to the role it intends to play as a pillar of Euro-Asian stability.
We’d like the meeting planned on 17 April between Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union to be held, and we hope it will enable solutions to emerge. The meeting is crucial, and we call for calm and restraint from all the parties.
In conclusion, I’d like to issue a final cry of alarm. What we risk at the moment is the failure of all the efforts we’ve made together to build an international order that doesn’t rely on force – because today it is force, and force alone, that is trying to impose its law.