Russia wants constructive talks with EU on Georgia

August 31st, 2008 - 1:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 31 (RIA Novosti) Russia wants to hold constructive talks with the European Union (EU) and international groups on the Georgian crisis, President Dmitry Medvedev has told British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.Moscow wants “unbiased international monitoring” of the current Georgian leadership and was looking for “constructive dialogue with the EU and other international organisations,” Medvedev told Brown during a phone conversation Saturday.

The conversation took place at the initiative of the British side ahead of a EU emergency meeting in Brussels Monday on the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia.

Russia was “fully implementing” the six-point peace deal hammered out in mid-August between him and the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Medvedev said.

Georgia’s parliament voted unanimously Thursday on a resolution urging the government to sever ties with Russia, which recognised the Caucasus state’s two breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia earlier this week in a move condemned by the West as an “irresponsible decision.”

Commenting on the issue, a spokesman for the British Foreign Office said it considered Georgia’s decision as an internal affair, adding that Tbilisi’s move was completely understandable.

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