Britain favours suspension of EU-Russia pact talks

September 2nd, 2008 - 12:52 am ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 1 (DPA) Britain favours the suspension of current negotiations on a partnership and cooperation agreement between Russia and the European Union (EU) over the Georgia crisis, a government spokesman said Monday.”In light of Russia’s actions, we should suspend negotiations on a successor to the partnership and cooperation agreement,” a spokesman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in London.

He said possible suspension of the EU-Russia talks should be made dependant on the outcome of a complete overhaul of Russia-EU relations, agreed by EU leaders at a special summit in Brussels Monday.

Brown, who was attending the summit, has called for a “root-and-branch review” of the EU’s relationship with Russia.

There could be no more “business as usual” with Russia in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Georgia, Brown said in Brussels.

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