Russia-Ukraine crisis

France, Baltic states dismayed after China envoy questions Ukraine sovereignty


This is AI generated summarization, which may have errors. For context, always refer to the full article.

France, Baltic states dismayed after China envoy questions Ukraine sovereignty

CLEANUP. In this file photo, a resident removes shards of glass from his broken window in a flat in a residential building damaged by a Russian military attack, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on December 23, 2022.

Rappler file photo

France says the Chinese ambassador will have to clarify whether the comments reflect China's position or not

PARIS, France – France and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania expressed dismay after China’s ambassador in Paris questioned the sovereignty of former Soviet countries like Ukraine.

Asked about his position on whether Crimea is part of Ukraine or not, Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye said in an interview aired on French television on Friday, April 21, that historically it was part of Russia and had been offered to Ukraine by former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

“These ex-USSR countries don’t have actual status in international law because there is no international agreement to materialize their sovereign status,” Shaye added.

France responded on Sunday by stating its “full solidarity” with all the allied countries affected, which it said had acquired their independence “after decades of oppression.”

“On Ukraine specifically, it was internationally recognized within borders including Crimea in 1991 by the entire international community, including China,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that China will have to clarify whether these comments reflect its position or not.

The three Baltic states, all formerly part of the Soviet Union, reacted along the same lines as France.

China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. –

Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.

Summarize this article with AI