Ukraine/peace and security/Russia
Paris, April 22, 2015
At the French President’s invitation, the President of Ukraine paid an official visit to France on 22 April 2015.
France and Ukraine, as founder countries of the UN, are conscious of the special responsibilities incumbent on them and will make every effort to safeguard and strengthen peace and security on the European continent. Committed to the provisions of the UN Charter and those of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act and the 1990 Charter of Paris for a New Europe, and keeping in mind the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, they believe that the fundamental principles of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and states’ sovereignty and territorial integrity contained in these documents remain the cornerstone in guaranteeing peace and stability in Europe.
In this context, referring to the European Council conclusions of 19 March 2015, the French and Ukrainian presidents do not recognize and continue to condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. France reiterated its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders.
The two presidents had a detailed discussion about the situation in eastern Ukraine. They reaffirmed the importance of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements adopted on 12 February 2015 being fully implemented, and in this respect highlighted the responsibility of the Russian side. They renewed their support to the OSCE for its role in implementing these agreements. The President of Ukraine thanked the French President for France’s efforts in the framework of the “Normandy format”.
The two presidents recalled that the duration of the restrictive measures against Russia must be clearly linked to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, in accordance with the European Council conclusions of 19 March. (…)./.