Tuesday, October 03, 2006

EU Urges Russia to End Blockade

Via BBC:

The EU has urged Russia to lift economic sanctions it imposed on Georgia in a continuing spying row between the two former Soviet states.

EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said “sanctions… do not lead anywhere”.

Russia has cut off all transport and postal links with Georgia, despite the release of four Russian officers accused by Tbilisi of spying.

Moscow denies the spying charge while Georgia accuses Russia of bullying.

“We do hope that Russia very, very soon lifts these sanctions,” Ms Ferrero-Waldner told Reuters news agency during a visit to Georgia.

“There are so many irritants again on either side and therefore it is very important not to provoke and not to be provoked,” she said.

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