EU Threatens Sanctions on Russia

Asian alliance, including China, condemns aggression
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 8:21 AM CDT
EU Threatens Sanctions on Russia
France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner gestures during a press conference at Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 25, 2008.   (AP Photo)

The European Union is considering sanctions against the Great Bear over its incursion into Georgia, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said today, as EU leaders head to an emergency summit. And a Russian plea for support from the East was strongly rebuffed by members of an Asian alliance that includes China, the Guardian reports. 

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization instead denounced the use of force and called for respect for every country's territorial integrity. The group expressed “grave concerns” over Russia’s actions, and urged a diplomatic resolution to the crisis. In a speech in Kiev, Britain’s foreign secretary, David Miliband, declared that NATO wouldn’t accept a redrawing of Europe. (More Georgia stories.)

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