Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: ITAR-TASS
On the eve of the EU summit in Brussels on the situation in Georgia, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Donald Tusk. He turned to the head of the Polish government to support the French position and not to impose sanctions against Russia in connection with the conflict in the Caucasus.
Polish Prime Minister will travel to the EU summit in Brussels, together with President Lech Kaczynski, his famous critical attitude toward Russia. About call Nicolas Sarkozy, held late on Sunday, told the head of the information center of the government of Poland Jacek Filipowicz. According to him, Tusk, for his part, confirmed that the EU summit will speak for closer co-operation not only in Georgia, but also Ukraine.
Chairman of the French government, Francois Fillon on Monday reiterated that Paris against the imposition of sanctions against Russia. "Russia - a great country to be reckoned with. This powerful state, which was in some degree humiliated during the last twenty years. Her awakening, maybe a little sharp. Now we just have to find a way to dialogue with Russia, "- said the prime minister.
He also said that French President intends to re-visit Moscow and Tbilisi in order to facilitate the settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict. According to Fillon, Sarkozy "is going to offer European colleagues (at the EU summit in Brussels), a number of initiatives that he would present himself in the capitals of Russia and Georgia in order to accelerate the peace process».
On Sunday, another statement was made by the heads of the European Parliament. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, the Czech Republic Mirek Topolanek and Latvia Ivars Godmanis called during the Strategic Forum in Bled, Slovenia to establish stability and peace in the Caucasus, and called for the integration of the region into the European Union.
Slovenian Prime Minister spoke against the idea of considering the EU summit in Brussels on the introduction of any sanctions against Russia, noting that Slovenia "in this issue supports the position of the French side».
In turn, the prime minister of Latvia Godmanis said that "Russia and Georgia are practically at war, and, of course, this presents a problem for the EU policy towards neighboring states." He also supported the position Topolanek, who said that "the EU should have a common external energy policy on the sources and transport of" resources. According to the Czech prime minister, it will be one of the priorities of the Czech Republic, where it will replace France as chairman of the EU.
Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on 26 August. The inhabitants of these republics have requested recognition of independence after the events of 8-12 August, when Georgia conducted a military operation in South Ossetia. Then Georgian troops almost completely destroyed the capital city of Tskhinvali and many villages, killing, according to the South Ossetian authorities, more than a thousand civilians. Tbilisi is also planning a massive aggression against Abkhazia.
Russia sent troops into South Ossetia to protect Russian citizens living there, and came to the shores of Abkhazia Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation to prevent aggression and destruction of the civilian population, including Russians, vacationing in the country. As reminds RIA "News" on August 12, Russia announced the completion of the operation to force Georgia to peace, and on August 22 announced that it has been completely withdraw troops.
Currently, the buffer zone in South Ossetia and Abkhazia are Russian peacekeepers accommodation which provides for the conclusion of the agreements on the settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian and Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and Russia does not contradict the signed "Medvedev-Sarkozy plan." According to the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the loss of Russian troops in South Ossetia for the time of the conflict were 64 dead and 323 wounded and contused.