France issued a statement in connection with the fifth anniversary of the annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea
France does not recognize and will not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea, and remains firmly committed to the full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
A corresponding statement was issued by the French Embassy in Ukraine in connection with the fifth anniversary of the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula.
Paris also expressed regret over the deteriorating human rights situation in the Crimea, in particular against the Crimean Tatars.
Condemning all cases of discrimination based on belonging to an ethnic or religious community, France called for the release of all persons who were detained in violation of international law, as well as for preservation and protection of the historical and cultural heritage of Crimea.
“We remain concerned about the growing militarization of the peninsula by Russia, as well as tensions in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov: A serious naval incident on November 25, 2018 was a direct consequence of the illegal annexation of Crimea. France recalls its commitment to freedom of navigation in the Sea of Azov and the right to pass through the Kerch Strait in accordance with international law,” reads the statement.
The message notes that official Paris will continue to call for the immediate and unconditional release of 24 Ukrainian seamen imprisoned in Russia.
At the event on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea, a group of politicians from France arrived on the peninsula. The group was led by the member of the French parliament and president of the Franco-Russian Dialogue Association, Thierry Mariani, who met with Putin in Simferopol.
Earlier the Kremlin-controlled authorities of Crimea announced that the leader of the French ultra-right National Association party, Marine Le Pen, would come to the Yalta “International Economic Forum” in the Crimea. However, she soon decided not to go to the illegally annexed peninsula.