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France, Norway do not recognize Russian presidential election in Crimea

Official statements were released on Monday
09:41, 19 March 2018

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France does not recognize the results of the Russian presidential election in the occupied Crimea. The press service of French foreign ministry reported that on Monday. 

The official statement mentioned that France remains committed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. 'Four years after the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, France most decisively confirms its commitment to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Crimea within the internationally recognized borders,' it says. 'France is concerned about the militarization of the peninsula and the worsening situation in the human rights area, especially that of Crimean Tatars. France also urges Russia to save and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Crimea'. 

Related: Presidential election in Russia: Putin leads with over 76 percent of votes

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French foreign minister is to visit Kyiv this week. 

Norway followed France's statement, not recognizing the outcome of Russian presidential election in Crimea; the respective post appeared on the official page of Norwegian foreign ministry on Twitter. 

Related: First results of Russian presidential elections voting in occupied Crimea appeared

Related: Elections in Russia: Putin receives 73.9% - exit polls

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