The Ministry of foreign Affairs of France has expressed concern over the militarization of the Russia-occupied Crimea. This is stated in the statement of the MFA of the French Republic, the text of which was unveiled by the Ambassador of Ukraine to France Oleh Shamshur.
“Three years after the annexation of Crimea by Russia, France remains determined to continue on the full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” – said the French diplomats.
“Disregard of boundaries is contrary to international law and is a direct threat to international security and can lead to serious consequences for the international order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States”, – said the foreign Ministry of France.
“That is why the international community, the European Union and France did not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia”, – stated in the message.
“France is concerned about the militarization of the Peninsula and the deterioration of the situation in the field of human rights, particularly among the Crimean Tatars. According to the resolution of the UN General Assembly 71/205 from 19 December 2016, it is crucial that regional and international monitoring mechanisms in the field of human rights and NGOs defending human rights, had unhindered access to the entire territory of Ukraine, including in Crimea and Sevastopol. France calls for release of all those detained in violation of international law”, – stressed the foreign Ministry of France.
Earlier, the head of the national security Agency Admiral Mike Rogers stated that for Russia the issue of Ukraine is of national interest, therefore, occupied the Crimea, she does not intend to return.