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Russians reportedly banned from historic French site — Analysis

Russian passport holders can’t enter Chateau des Vincennes which is home to a military archives, AFP learned.

Agence France Presse (AFP), has reported that the French Defense Ministry had banned Russians from entering Chateau De Vincennes, the medieval royal residence. The castle east of Paris is the headquarters of the Defense Historical Service, the French ministry’s archive.

AFP, citing a source, reported that the ministry had issued an internal directive restricting Russian access to military facilities and historic sites, following Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

After the news agency had followed up on an earlier story that two Russian women were refused entry to the chateau, the revelations emerged. One woman claimed that the guards searched their passports and told them they were not allowed to enter due their nationality.

This woman, a journalist, said that she had fled her homeland five months back because of conflict with Ukraine.

The news agency’s source in the Defense Ministry said journalists wishing to visit the archive could still apply for special permission.




The AFP report does not indicate whether the restrictions apply to all of the castle. This is a tourist attraction that has been designated as a Heritage Site. Or just the section which contains the archive. Visitors to the museum must present ID, according to Defense Historical Service. “current international context” “security measures in force”You can find the site.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols, which were brokered by France and Germany, were first signed on February 24, 2014. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.

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