The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France knows for certain that ‘agents of the Russian security services’ were among the snipers who shot people on the Maidan in Kyiv in winter last year.
The director of the Continental Europe Department of the French Foreign Ministry, Eric Fournier, talks about this in a documentary film made for the France-3 television channel by French journalist and writer Serge Moati, reports an UkrInform correspondent.
‘At the time when I was with Laurent Fabius in the official building (on Bankova Street in Kyiv), snipers – elite gunmen – opened fire on the crowd, and we know that among the elite shooters were agents of the Russian security services… And further (there were) 70-80 killed during the day, we were still there (in the building) and were negotiating with Yanukovych on how to find a political solution…’ says Fournier in the 38th minute of the film about the events in February of last year.
Later, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal, answering a question from the UkrInform correspondent, did not deny this information, recalling at the same time that the investigation of this case in Ukraine is ongoing. ‘As for the events of February 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine, the investigation continues,’ said Nadal.
Eric Fournier in the film recounts his memories in a car, driving down Hrushevskoho Street in Kyiv three months after the shootings on the Maidan, that is, at the end of May 2014.
The documentary film Quai d’Orsay: The Wings of Diplomacy (Quai d’Orsay. Les coulisses de la diplomatie) is one hour and ten minutes in duration. Shot by Serge Moati, it talks about French diplomacy, led by the Minister Laurent Fabius, which embodies the foreign policy of France and defends the national interests, not only in peacetime but also in times of crisis. More than a third of the film is dedicated to the events in Ukraine and the role of French diplomacy in finding a way out of the crisis caused by Russia.
For his film the author used a large number of official statements, videos of the events on the Maidan, official meetings, official meetings and talks at the Quai d’Orsay (French Foreign Ministry), in Normandy with the participation of world leaders and chiefs of diplomacy. In particular, Francois Hollande, Petro Poroshenko, Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Putin, Laurent Fabius, John Kerry, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Sergei Lavrov and others.
The film features memories, opinions, advice and predictions about the discovery, development and deepening of solutions to the so-called ‘Ukrainian crisis,’ and in addition to Eric Fournier, those who share their opinions include the former director of the Department of Political Affairs of the French Foreign Ministry, and the current diplomatic adviser to the President of France Jacques Audibert.
The premiere of the film was held a month ago, on April 16th, 2015, at 11:30 p.m. at the French TV channel France-3. The full version is already available on YouTube.