Disinfo: Macron claims Crimea belongs to Russia


Even French President Emmanuel Macron considers Crimea as part of Russia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the legitimacy of the Russian annexation of Crimea.

President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly stated that France refuses to recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea. In 2017, speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said that France is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty with its recognised borders.

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  • Reported in: Issue146
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, France
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Emmanuel Macron, Crimea


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