Friday, 12 September 2008

Kouchner attacks ‘Russian threat’

As the EU tried to profile itself in the Georgian crisis – Presidency Sarkozy has been to both Georgia and Russia twice now, the calculation presumably being that the Americans are too busy with their election campaigns – the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, issued a dire warning about future Russian aggression. Following Moscow’s military intervention in Georgia, Kouchner said that Russia may have “other goals” such as “the Crimea, Ukraine and Moldova” following Moscow’s controversial decision to recognise the secessionist territories of South Ossetia and Georgia. “It is very dangerous,” Kouchner said. His tone differed slightly from that of President Sarkozy, who – at least at the beginning of the conflict – tried to present himself as a broker between Georgia and Russia. [Le Monde, 27 August 2008]

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