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 French President Told Yanukovych Off in His Greeting

Diplomats are calling the first contact of French and Ukrainian Presidents "unprecedented in their experience" - it is not just another criticism but a warning on freezing the relations until changes are made.

On the Independence Day French President Francois Hollande sent a greeting to Yanukovych. According to diplomats this greeting is unprecedented in their experience. Because in reality Hollande has not just criticized Yanukovych's policies once again but warned of freezing the relations until changes are made.

It should be taken into account that this is a celebration greeting and moreover - the first contact between the newly elected French President and Yanukovych.

"Dear Mr. President! Please accept my greetings in regard to your national holiday and my wishes of prosperity to Ukrainian people.

On the day of your national holiday I wish for Ukraine to return to the path of reforms and enforcing the human rights observation as soon as possible which would allow your country to achieve sufficient progress from which it is further than it was a year ago.

In order to make sure that the upcoming parliamentary elections in October are truly democratic there is a necessity - now more than ever - to cease treating opposition the way it happens now.

Rapprochement of Ukraine and EU is especially related to general values of democracy and constitutional state which is the basis for EU policy of partnership with its Eastern neighbors.

I hope that traditional relations of trust and friendship that unite our countries will soon be reinstated.

With assurances of my deepest respect,

Francois Hollande."

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Kostyantyn Hryschenko refused to comment on the French President's greeting.

 
 
 
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