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Will the situation in Akhalgori and Kodori be discussed in Nice?2008-11-13 09:29
It is not impossible that the issue of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Akhalgori district and the upper part of the Kodory gorge will be discussed on November 14 at a Russia-EU summit in Nice.
As RIA "Novosty" reports, a source in European diplomatic circles also pointed out that the European Union did not associate the development of relations with Russia with the conflict in the Caucasus, it must not become an obstacle. The diplomat emphasized: "The EU has a realistic position in regard to the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict. We insist on Georgia's territorial unity but inside the EU there also are issues like dividing Cyprus in two parts. It does not mean that the existing problems must prevent us from taking decisions and continuing our work."
It will be remembered that the EU countries have agreed to renew the negotiations on strategic partnership with Russia that were suspended in connection with the events in Georgia and Moscow's recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence.
The resumption of dialogue was backed by 26 member countries out of 27. As "Le Figaro" writes France presiding over the EU thinks that despite of persisting instability in the Caucasus Moscow follows the peace agreement provisions: Russian troops have been withdrawn from the most part of the Georgian territory, international observers keep monitoring the observation of armistice conditions, Russians and Georgians have made an attempt at coming back to the negotiations.
These arguments were not enough only for Lithuania. It was all alone to oppose. Poland that is vehemently supporting the position of the Georgian government though gave the green light (though with little willingness) remarking however that Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement is not adhered to in full: not all the troops were withdrawn to the garrisons at the time of the conflict outbreak.
According to the Foreign Minister of France Bernard Kouchner the decision on resumption of the dialogue with the Russian Federation is a good indicator of unanimity in Europe. And though the Russian troops remain in some districts adjacent to South Ossetia the concessions made my Moscow are quite sufficient for constructive meetings.
Universal loyalty of Europeans to Russia, in the opinion of "The New York Times" shows that Europe and Russia need each other economically especially now when the global financial crisis compels to reconsideration of priorities. The improvement of relations with Moscow, a "G8" member, will help in achieving the EU tasks concerning the modification of world financial structures, the American edition emphasizes.