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Published on May 9, 2014
Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, May 9, 2014

I spoke on the telephone to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
I assured him of France’s solidarity with Ukraine and of our determination to seek a political solution to the Ukraine crisis.

At this crucial time, it’s important for all sides to show restraint and an openness to dialogue.

France particularly condemns the decision by the separatists in eastern Ukraine to hold illegal referendums, despite convergent appeals to refrain from doing so. The immediate priority is de-escalation, launching national dialogue and preparing the 25 May election./.

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