Ukraine appeals to French foreign ministry following Nice mayor's meeting with 'Yalta mayor'
Ukrainian Ambassador to France has sent a note to French Foreign Ministry concerning the visit of the occupational Crimean authorities, led by Yalta mayor, to Nice and their meeting with the French city's mayor Christian Estrosi.
Ukraine's Ambassador in France Oleh Shamshur said he was outraged by the meeting and sent Estrosi a letter, as well as a note to the French Foreign Ministry stating "CrimeaIsUkraine", Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Mayor of the occupied Yalta's Andrey Rostenko said that he was officially invited to Nice by the city's mayor, and that the sides signed a memorandum of intents to continue the partnership between the cities that exists since 1960, Rostenko told Interfax ( Interfax. ru) on Wednesday.
Ukrainian media reported citing Estrosi's website that the delegation of Yalta so-called 'authorities', including the Russian Ambassador to France, had been visiting Nice through February 26 – March 1.
Estrosi's office said the visit was "symbolic", as it was the first one since Crimea held "the referendum on independence and joined Russia."
Ukrainian media also recalled that Estrosi earlier expressed warm feelings to Russia, in particular, he criticized French government for failure to deliver Mistral military ships to Russia.