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 Ukraine grateful to French Foreign Minister Fabius for his stance regarding French parliamentarians' unlawful visit to Crimea

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin thanked his French counterpart Laurent Fabius for his principled position regarding the French parliamentarians' plans to travel to Crimea.

"Have just thanked Laurent Fabius for his principled position on unacceptability of the French parliamentarians' unlawful visit to Crimea," Klimkin said via Twitter on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

It was reported earlier that 10 members of the French National Assembly and Senate, coming to Crimea for a two-day visit on July 23, planned, in addition to the official program, to talk to ordinary residents of Yalta and Sevastopol and visit a cemetery of French soldiers who died during the Crimean War and the 'Sevastopol Defense of 1854-1855' panorama museum.

Fabius criticized the French parliamentarians' plans to travel to Crimea. French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Romain Nadal said the visit is the parliamentarians' personal initiative.

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Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Hroisman also thanked French Senate President Gerard Larcher and National Assembly President Claude Bartolone for their clear position in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity. "In particular, Mr. Larcher talked two senators out of a trip to Crimea and publicly expressed his negative attitude toward this step by their colleagues," Hroisman wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

"In particular, Bartolone "forbade the parliamentarians [planning to go to Crimea] from speaking on behalf of the National Assembly and using budget funds for the trip," he wrote.

"Hence, the visit of certain deputies of the lower house of the French parliament to Crimea would be purely private in nature," Hroisman said.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry warned that the French parliamentarians visiting Crimea without Kyiv's authorization would be barred from entering Ukraine.

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