19:01 Jun. 14, 2016
Isabelle Dumont claims Paris is dedicated to improving relations with Ukraine
Isabelle Dumont, the French Ambassador to Ukraine, insists contrary to the generally-held view, the current situation in Ukraine and support for Kyiv are among the highest commitments of the French officials.
During the presentation of the Institute of World Policy's research dedicated to Ukraine-France relations Ms. Dumont said:
"The study says that Ukrainian question is among 10 top priorities for France. I disagree with that because Ukraine is among the 5 key issues," Dumont underlined.
The French Ambassador also highlighted that France has been a strong supporter of Ukraine for many years. She also stressed that this fact quite often remains unnoticed in Ukraine.
"The role of France is somehow forgotten, especially when speaking about the Association Agreement," Dumont said.
In 2008, in terms of the E.U.-Ukraine Summit in Paris, the French presidency suggested to call the Ukraine's agreement with the E.U. as the Association Agreement.
"I'm also not sure whether the Ukrainian society knows that France was the 2nd largest contributor to the construction of the new safe confinement [in Chernobyl], and that the French company was engaged in the construction. These are only the events of the recent years," the Ambassador added.