French Foreign Ministry site, by omission, only blames the separatists

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March 19, 2016 – Fort Russ News –

– A diplomatic observation by Tom Winter –

Ayrault, Lavrov, in Moscow last October

Releases by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the French Foreign Ministry have a substantial difference: From the Russian side, we learn that Lavrov and Ayrault both condemned the blockade of Donbass. Here is Sputnik’s lead paragraph on the communication between Lavrov and Ayrault:

Russian Foreign Ministry said that French Foreign Minister said on Saturday in a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that France stood for ending the blockade of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass. Sputnik

But now have a look at the French Foreign Ministry’s own release, which I translate:

“Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke on the phone with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. The two ministers agreed to intensify efforts in the Normandy format to implement the Minsk accords, as the situation on the ground is still cause for concern. The French minister stressed the responsibility of all parties to respect the ceasefire and to withdraw heavy weapons. He denounced the measures taken by the separatist entities, notably with regard to the expropriation of Donbass enterprises, which did not go in the direction of peace.

“The two ministers also took stock of Syria, the day after the last meeting in Astana and a few days before the next session of the negotiations for a political transition, to resume in Geneva on 23 March. They agreed on the importance of urging all parties to be constructive, so that these negotiations could lead to a political solution on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the UN Security Council’s Geneva communique.

“Finally, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Sergey Lavrov spoke about bilateral relations between France and Russia, and particularly welcomed the recent meeting in Paris of the Economic, Financial, Industrial and Commercial Council (CEFIC).”

See any clue that the blockade “does not go in the direction of peace”? 

In fact, see mention of the Azov/Pravy Sektor blockade, recently given official Kiev support? 


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