: Poroshenko thanks French President for efforts to de-occupy Crimea

15:40 Jun. 21, 2016

Poroshenko thanks French President for efforts to de-occupy Crimea

France's President Francois Hollande, right, shakes hand with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, June 21, 2016 (AP Photo)

Ukraine's President will meet with French high officials during his official visit to Paris

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said he is grateful to France's President Francois Hollande for his efforts to make peace in eastern Ukraine and de-occupy the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

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‘I want to thank Francois Hollande for his efforts to secure peace in Ukraine, de-occupy Crimea and Donbas. The recent events and the latest steps prove the Normandy Format's effectiveness. Latest developments and steps prove Normandy Four format effective. Our joint efforts made it possible to free Nadiya Savchenko, Hennady Afanasiev, and Yuriy Soloshenko.'

"We reiterate that Ukraine complies with Minsk agreement and strictly performs its obligations under it", Poroshenko added.

On June 21, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko started the working visit to France. During his visit, he meet with France's President François Hollande, National Assembly President Claude Bartolone, and Senate President Gérard Larcher.

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On February 20, 2014, Ukraine's Parliament officially proclaimed the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. International organizations slammed Crimea occupation and annexation as illegal and condemned Moscow's actions. Consequently, the Western countries introduced a number of sanctions against Russia. Russia denied to acknowledge the occupation of the peninsula and in its turn labelled it as a ‘restoration of historical justice'.

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