France condemned the fact that Marignane mayor Eric Le Disse signed the agreement about fraternal relations with Crimea's town of Yevpatoriya - as well as the fact that French citizens joined the opening ceremony of the Kerch Strait bridge. This is the essence of the message by the French Foreign Ministry, released on the website of the authority.
'Our position is clear: the agreement signed by the municipality of Marignane does not reflect the position of the French government. Similarly, the attendance of French officials at the inauguration ceremony is a personal initiative that we regret; it is contrary to international law and the French authorities are not responsible for it', the message says.
The French foreign ministry insists that the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge will contribute to depriving Ukraine of full access to and use of its internationally recognized territorial waters. The French side confirmed its commitment 'to reestablishing Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders'.
'Calling its borders into question is contrary to international law, including the commitments made by the Russian Federation. It represents a direct threat to international peace and security and has serious repercussions on the international order. That is why the international community, the EU, and France do not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea', the message concludes.