Russia may destabilise other countries too: Kouchner

August 27th, 2008 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, Aug 27 (DPA) French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner voiced fears Wednesday that Russia might destabilise other countries after it recognised two Georgian breakaway regions.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev formally recognised Tuesday the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia after Russian lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution to that effect Monday.

Russia had “acted outside international law”, Kouchner told French radio station Europe-1. “Other targets” for Russia now could be “the Crimea, Ukraine, Moldova.”

“We cannot accept these violations of international law” and “the taking of a territory by the army of a neighbouring country,” Kouchner said.

He said there was evidence that people loyal to Georgia were being expelled from South Ossetia.

Kouchner said the European Union (EU) would respond to Russia’s actions at a meeting Monday. France currently holds the EU’s presidency.

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