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Putin still invited to French D-Day ceremonies despite Ukraine crisis

Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Olympics
Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Olympics Reuters/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is still invited to D-day commemorations in France on 6 June despite the West's opposition to his policy towards Ukraine, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday.

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"President Putin has been invited ... and for the moment he remains invited," Fabius told Europe 1 radio.

But Fabius said he had cancelled a planned trip to Moscow Tuesday with Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to meet their Russian counterparts.

His ministry earlier said the trip would depend on the "evolving situation" in Ukraine, where a referendum, declared illegal by Kiev, in Crimea voted to join Russia.

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