French and British leaders very firmly condemn new violence in Ukraine

Ukraine/conversation with the British Prime Minister – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 14 April 2014

The President spoke to the British Prime Minister this morning about the situation in Ukraine.

They very firmly condemned the acts of violence which occurred in the region yesterday and today, and called on all the parties to show restraint and engage in dialogue, in order to create the conditions for de-escalation and find a swift, peaceful solution to the crisis.

They signalled their support for the Ukrainian government in carrying through the reforms expected by the people and organizing the presidential election of 25 May as smoothly as possible./.

Ukraine/conversation with the President of the United States of America – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 14 April 2014

President Hollande spoke to President Obama today.

They expressed their shared concern over the violent events that have occurred in recent days in eastern Ukraine. François Hollande called for restraint and emphasized the importance of provocation being avoided. He spoke about France’s determination to implement, with its European partners, a firm and graduated sanctions policy.

He and President Obama expressed the hope that the upcoming meeting of a contact group will make it possible to initiate a substantive dialogue between Russia and Ukraine leading to a de-escalation.

Ukraine – Statements by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, following the Foreign Affairs Council

Luxembourg, 14 April 2014

I spoke about Ukraine on the telephone to the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Mr Yatsenyuk, yesterday and today, to the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr Lavrov, this morning, and also to Mr Kerry and Mr Steinmeier. And the French President, for his part, had a discussion with the British Prime Minister, and a conversation with the United States President is planned.

We’ve seen – and we must go on the basis of the evidence – that actions of great violence are being organized in south-eastern Ukraine. We condemn all this violence, and in particular it seems clear that Russia bears some responsibility for this violence.

So we must act; that’s what we’ve started doing today. On the one hand, there’s been an economic decision enabling us to lend additional support to Ukraine. And as I speak, we’re considering an extension of the list of people subject to sanctions. At the same time, we want to try to achieve a political solution of de-escalation. That’s why a meeting in Geneva is planned on Thursday; Europe, Ukraine, Russia and the United States will take part in it. We’d very much like the underlying issues to be raised there. And, if necessary, there may be a meeting next week at European level of the heads of state and government, who may adopt new sanctions.

The aim is both to show firmness and to keep dialogue open, and that’s exactly the aim – it’s France’s position and it’s Europe’s position: to step up the pressure without making dialogue impossible, and that’s where diplomacy comes in. Thank you./.

Ukraine – Speech to the Security Council by France’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (excerpts)

New York, 13 April 2014


Madam President,

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.

Madam President,

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.

Madam President,

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.

Thank you./.

Ukraine – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 13 April 2014

I spoke to the German and American foreign ministers today and will be speaking in the evening to my Russian counterpart and the Ukrainian Prime Minister about the worrying developments in the situation in eastern Ukraine.

France very firmly condemns the acts of violence which occurred in the region yesterday and today. We call on all the parties to show restraint and engage in dialogue so that a peaceful solution to the crisis is found quickly. Everyone must work for de-escalation.

I shall be going to Luxembourg tomorrow to determine, with my European Union colleagues, the measures required by the deterioration in the Ukraine situation./.

Published on 18/02/2016

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