Macron says France will not recognise Crimea ‘annexation’

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AFP

© POOL/AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron (R) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on June 26, 2017

PARIS (AFP) – President Emmanuel Macron said Monday France refuses to recognise Russia’s “annexation” of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.Speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said: “France is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty with its recognised borders.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, in a trip that Kiev condemned as a violation of its sovereignty.

Western powers accuse Russia of failing to honour its commitments under the Minsk accords framework for ending the violence between government forces and Kremlin-backed rebels in Ukraine’s east.

EU leaders agreed last week to extend stringent economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, saying Moscow had failed to meet…

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