EU considering sanctions against Russia: France
French foreign minister says the EU states are considering imposing sanctions on Russia.28 August 2008
PARIS -- EU states are considering imposing sanctions on Russia when they hold an emergency summit next week on the Georgian crisis, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Thursday.
"Sanctions are being considered, and many other means" at next Monday's meeting in Brussels, said Kouchner, whose country holds the European Union presidency.
It was the first time that Paris evoked the possibility of sanctions against Moscow.
"We are trying to draw up a strong text showing our desire not to accept" the situation in Georgia, he told reporters, adding that he did not want to "prefigure" what the sanctions might be.
Russia is facing an avalanche of condemnation from the West over its decision to recognise the independence of two Georgian secessionist regions at the heart of the conflict that erupted in the ex-Soviet republic this month.
Moscow has reacted angrily to Western criticism, saying it fails to recognise that Moscow used military force only in response to a Georgian attack against South Ossetia, where tens of thousands of Russian citizens live.
[AFP / Expatica]