World
'Grave concerns' over 'unilateral' Russian mission in Ukraine: Hollande
Publish Date: Aug 12, 2014
'Grave concerns' over 'unilateral' Russian mission in Ukraine: Hollande
Russian President, Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on August 12, 2014 during the Egyptian leaders first official visit to Russia. AFP/ PHOTO
  • mail
  • img
newvision

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday told his Russian counterpart he had "grave concerns" about the prospect of a unilateral Russian mission in Ukraine.
 

"He stressed the grave concerns that the possibility of a unilateral Russian mission on Ukrainian soil had prompted," Hollande's office said in a statement after the French leader had spoken by phone to Vladimir Putin.


Hollande emphasised that a humanitarian operation "could only take place on Ukrainian territory if the national Ukrainian autorities gave their consent, both in terms of the format of the mission and on how it would be carried out."


"It has to be done within a multilateral framework and under the umbrella of the International Red Cross," added Hollande's office.


The French leader's comments came as a Russian convoy of 280 carrying "humanitarian supplies" was snaking its way towards conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine, despite fears in the West the mission could be a pretext to sneak in support for pro-Russian rebels.


Ukraine has said it will not allow the convoy to enter its territory and stressed that any humanitarian aid be handed over at the border.

In a later conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the two leaders agreed to "continue their joint efforts to move towards a political agreement."


They said they had "identical views" on the Ukraine, "in particular on the conditions for a genuine humanitarian mission".
Earlier Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: "We have to be extremely careful because this could be a cover by the Russians to set themselves up near Donetsk and Lugansk and declare a fait accompli."


AFP
 

Related Stories

Australia set to tighten Russia sanctions

Russia retaliates against Western sanctions with food ban

Sanctions and solidarity against Russia

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Burkina Faso leader defiant after violent day
Burkina Faso''s President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze....
Burkina Faso army announces dissolution of govt, parliament
Burkina Faso’s army has announced the dissolution of government and the country’s National Assembly...
Sweden to recognize State of Palestine today
Swedish government expected to officially recognize State of Palestine today, says Jerusalem official; Israel has been informed of decision...
Man dies after downing 56 shots of liquor
French police open an investigation following the death of a man in his 50s after he downs 56 shots during a drinking competition....
Zambia in mourning for president as US urges peaceful transition
Zambia holds a second day of mourning Thursday for president Michael Sata, who died in a London hospital, as his deputy Guy Scott becomes, pending elections, Africa''s first white leader since South Africa''s apartheid era....
Russia charges air traffic trainee over Total boss plane crash
Russian prosecutors on Wednesday charged a rookie air traffic controller over the Moscow plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total....
Should the absence of bride price prevent couples from wedding?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter