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Published: Tuesday March 18, 2014 MYT 10:16:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday March 18, 2014 MYT 10:17:08 PM

France condemns Russian Crimea treaty, says Europe needs strong response

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday condemned the decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign a treaty integrating Crimea into Russia, saying Europe needs to provide a "strong" response.

"I condemn this decision. France does not recognise either the results of the referendum ... or the attachment of this Ukrainian region to Russia," Hollande said in a statement.

"The next European Council meeting on March 20-21 must provide the opportunity for a strong and coordinated European response to the hurdle that has just been jumped."

He did not elaborate on what that response could be.

(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by James Regan)

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