France will not recognize “the annexation of the Crimea” by Moscow

“France will not recognize the annexation of the Crimea” by Russia, said French President Emmanuel Macron during a press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko. “France is committed to the sovereignty of Ukraine within its recognized borders,” said the French leader, adding that he “reaffirmed to President Poroshenko his willingness to continue the Minsk process and to obtain before the G20 a valuable exchange In the Normandy format, with the presence for some time of the OSCE.” France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia – the so-called Normandy format – should meet in late June or early July 2017 in the hope of reviving the Minsk process.