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‘Crimea Never Was Ukrainian’ – French Ex-President Giscard d’Estaing

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Crimea has never been part of Ukraine and if the issue of border inviolability comes up it should be decided by the United Nations Organization, French ex-President Valery Giscard d’Estaing said.

“Crimea was conquered by Russia many centuries ago and, essentially, it has never been Ukrainian,” Mr. Giscard d’Estaing said during his lecture on the EU’s relations with key neighboring countries at Moscow University on Friday.

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Mentioning the recent discourse about the need to respect state borders established after the end of WWII, he said: “Let us not forget that the Yalta peace conference, attended by [US President Franklin] Roosevelt and [British Prime Minister Winston] Churchill,  was held in Crimea.”

Valery Giscard d’Estaing also said that it was up to the international community of nations, including the UN, to determine a country’s borders.

“Therefore, if we want to discuss this issue any further, let us do it on an international level, within the framework of the United Nations Organization,” he added.

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