: ‘Election first, border control later' – Hollande

14:51 Oct. 11, 2016

‘Election first, border control later' – Hollande

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, right, gestures as he stands with Francois Hollande, France's president, in the courtyard of Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (GettyImages Photo)

French President's speech was slammed by Ukraine's politician as 'Chamberlainization of Europe'

Donbas could become a frozen conflict if Minsk is not implemented, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday during a PACE session in Strasbourg. This is according to Ukrainian news agency Yevropeyska Pravda.

Read also: Ukraine's Foreign Minister says other scenarios exist if Minsk implementation fails

Hollande called the Minsk deal the only way out of the conflict, emphasizing the fact that priority is the local election, and not the Ukrainian-Russian border.

‘Ukraine is to regain control of the border after the election', Hollande stated, saying this is what the Minsk agreements dictate.

At the same time, the President stated that election shouldn't be held ‘at all costs', they must follow certain steps, taken by the sides of the conflict, ‘including the militants, influenced by Russia'.

Read also: Security in Donbas depends primarily on Russian side - UK's Johnson

‘First there must be ceasefire, withdrawal, disarmament, but elections must be held afterwards', he said.

Hollande stressed, Minsk must be fully implemented, because otherwise there will be another frozen conflict. 

Ukrainian lawmakers, in turn, slammed the French President's speech at PACE.

'Quick conclusion: even after Russia's attitude in UN, the French President still doesn't think a harsher approach should be taken. The Chamberlainization of Europe 2.0, sadly. Amorphy dominates in everything', Ukraine's PACE delegation chairman Volodymyr Ariev posted on Facebook. 

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