France does not recognize Russian presidential election in annexed Crimea
Paris does not recognize the election of the Russian president in the illegally annexed Crimea.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France says the country supports sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, Radio Liberty reports.
The foreign ministry also noted that France was concerned about the militarization of the peninsula and deterioration of the human rights situation, especially as regards the Crimean Tatars.
The diplomats said that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian would be visiting Kyiv March 22-23.
Read alsoUkraine's Foreign Ministry: Voting in occupied Crimea questions legitimacy of Russian elections resultsAs UNIAN reported earlier, on March 18, Russian presidential elections were held across the country and also in the occupied Crimea.
According to preliminary polls, Vladimir Putin won in the first round of the election.
Ukraine called on the world not to recognize illegal presidential elections in the occupied Crimea.
A number of individual countries and the European Union have already confirmed that they will not recognize the election results in the area.
The relevant statement has already been made by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Canada, Estonia and Norway also expressed their position on non-recognition of Crimea elections.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he had received assurances from international leaders about the non-recognition of presidential elections in Crimea.