EU-Russia ‘business as usual’ impossible

The EU should consider diplomatic sanctions against Russia and speed up Georgia and Ukraine’s EU and NATO integration to show Moscow that “muscle-flexing” does not work, Lithuanian foreign minister, Petras Vaitiekunas, said in an interview with EUobserver.

“We cannot and will not pretend that the EU will continue doing ‘business as usual’ with Moscow. This aggression has damaged the EU-Russian partnership,” the minister said on Tuesday (19 August), as Russian tanks remained parked 45 kilometres from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, despite a Franco-Russian agreement for troops to pull out. Read more at EU Observer

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