20:55 Aug. 1, 2016
Delegation of 11 French MPs visits Crimea, draws criticism
France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an official statement to comment on a recent visit by French parliamentarians to the Russian-occupied Crimea.
"Calling borders into question is contrary to international law. That is why the international community, the EU, and France do not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea," the ministry said in a statement.
"This clear position is in no way contradicted by any visit or statement that does not emanate from the French authorities. When it comes to a subject that is so extremely important for Europe's security and stability, a sense of responsibility must prevail," the French Ministry stated.
On July 29-30, the delegation of 11 French parliamentarians led by National Assembly deputy, former transport minister Thierry Mariani once again visited the Russian-occupied Crimea.
Reporting by UNIAN.