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BRUSSELS, Belgium – European Union leaders warned Russia today thattalks on a wide-ranging political and economic agreement will bepostponed unless its troops pull back from positions in Georgia. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 2 September, 2008)
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European Union leaders will assess the impact of their fraying relations with Moscow at a summit chaired by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday. But they face limited options to punish Russia for invading Georgia and recognizing the independence of its Abkhazia and South Ossetia provinces. (CNN — 31 August, 2008)
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EU talks tough with Russia
EU talks tough with Russia

It was against the terms of the Russia/Georgia cease-fire, brokered by France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy. It was directly in contravention of the request not to do it from President George W. Bush of the United States. But Russia’s President Dimitri Medvedev has gone and done it anyway. He has made Russia the first country to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. (CNN — 20 hours ago)
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MOSCOW, Sept. 1 — The European Union on Monday backed off threats to impose economic sanctions on Russia but said it would suspend talks on a wide-ranging partnership agreement with Moscow until Russian troops withdraw from positions inside Georgia.

(Washington Post — 2 September, 2008)
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