Le Pen could soften her statements on Ukraine after elections, - Ukrainian diplomat

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine should not have reacted so strictly on her recent words about Crimea, Markiyan Lubkivsky says
17:08, 5 January 2017

Markiyan Lubkivsky

Statements made by presidential candidates and those made by already elected heads of states significantly differ; the same may concern Marine Le Pen’s recent claims about ‘legal ‘annexation of Crimea by Russia. Markiyan Lubkivsky, the ambassador of Ukraine, said this on air at 112 Ukraine TV channel.      

 ‘Their claims sound really different – those made by candidates and those made by heads of states; remember Trump, for instance. I think Le Pen’s message was addressed to Russia, not to Ukraine. She’s known for her contacts with the Russian side and president Putin. So I would not behave in such inadequate way; that’s childish to me. The reaction of the Ukrainian side could be more highbred. Such things just happen in diplomacy,’ Lubkivsky said.  

As 112 International reported, Marine Le Pen, the famous far-right politician, candidate for French presidency and the leader of the French National Front said she believed that Russia's annexation of the Crimea "is not illegal."

"I do not think that Crimea's reunification with Russia was illegitimate. A referendum was organized, and residents of Crimea voted to join Russia. I see no grounds whatsoever to question this referendum", said Le Pen.

Soon after that, The Security Service of Ukraine sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry on the prohibition of entry for the French presidency candidate.

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