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Sarkozy calls special EU meeting on Georgia/Russia

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Sarkozy calls special EU meeting on Georgia/Russia


The French President Nicholas Sarkozy has called an EU summit on Monday week to discuss the conflict between Georgia and Russia.

Several member states had asked for the meeting, to discuss aid for Georgia and future EU relations with Russia.

The news came after the American warship USS McFaul unloaded 55-tonnes of humanitarian aid at Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi.

The US has been Georgia’s strongest ally in the confrontation which erupted when Russian forces rolled in to repel a Georgian offensive to secure the pro-Moscow breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Hundreds were killed, and around 80,000 people fled their homes.

The McFaul is lying at anchor under the nose of the Russian fleet in Sevastopol, and only 80 kilometres from Russian troops dug-in at Poti, just up the Black Sea coast.

France has urged Moscow to pull the troops out of the port as soon as possible

In a further sign of simmering tensions, a fuel train blew-up on Georgia’s main east-west railway line near the town of Gori in the middle of the country.

Georgian officials believe it hit a landmine, though there has been no independent confirmation.

The line is an important route for Azerbaijani oil products bound for Europe.

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