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President Dmitry Medvedev meets his promises - Sarkozy2008-10-21 16:15
President Dmitry Medvedev met his promises, said French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking on Tuesday before deputies to the European Parliament, reports Itar-Tass.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Sarkozy, the crisis in the Caucasus was "one of the sharpest challenges" for the European Union.
"Europe should be just and should overstep without hesitations, if need be, the boundaries of ideology to restore peace," the French leader said. According to the president, with the mediation of France as EU chairman, "it was possible to reach agreement on a ceasefire four days later" between the sides, involved in the conflict, and then to withdraw troops to positions before the start of the conformation around South Ossetia.
"Russia's response to the Georgian conflict was quite disproportionate," Sarkozy noted. "However, I say precisely ‘response', since it was preceded by utterly inadmissible actions (by Georgia)."
"Europe should not lose self-restraint and become a co-participant in a new cold war," the French president emphasised. "The world does not need now a crisis in relations between Russia and Europe. It's irresponsible to create conditions for confrontation, in which nobody is interested," Sarkozy noted.
Sarkozy had repeatedly come to Moscow with a mediation mission on settling the conflict around South Ossetia. On August 12, the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan was made public in the Russian capital, presupposing a ceasefire by the sides, a withdrawal of troops to positions that preceded the start of the armed confrontation after the Tbilisi-mounted attack on Tskhinval.
"President Dmitry Medvedev has met his promises," Sarkozy said.
"It was possible to avoid a disaster in the Caucasus. However, there is a long road in store to normalise the situation there," he noted.