Members of the European Parliament have stopped short of calling for sanctions against Russia over the Georgia crisis, but have called on Moscow to honour the terms of the ceasefire, and completely withdraw.
They passed a resolution condemning the Russian intervention in Georgia. But not everyone was happy with a call for the EU and NATO to explore all avenues to persuade Russia to abide by international law.
MEP Marie-Anne Isler-Béguin, from the French Green group said: “We said quite clearly that NATO is not the answer for Georgia. It’s the EU, and a deeper relationship with the EU which is one solution.”
The socialists expressed regret that there was no denunciation of what they called “the aggressive attitude of the Georgian president” at the start of the conflict.
The Greek socialist MEP, Maria Eleni Koppa said:
“You do not solve the secessionist question by bombing. I think it was a foolish thing to do and the international community, and especially the european parliament should have stressed that. We wanted a text which was balanced, which was not one sided and that showed the responsibilities of both sides. For us it was a text that goes back to the cold war and we did not want that.”
The result though was decisive – 549 in favour, with 68 against and 61 abstentions.
The the resolution also approved the decision taken at the special EU summit earlier in the week, to put on hold talks on a new strategic partnership agreement with Moscow, until Russian troops have withdrawn to the positions they held before the 7th of August.