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Following the results of the EU summit on the situation in the Caucasus, a final press conference was held. The declaration adopted by the summit indicates that the next round of negotiations between the EU and Russia on the development of an agreement on strategic partnership depends on Russia’s implementation of the six-point ceasefire agreement in Georgia.
“We want partnership with Russia,” said French President Sarkozy, “we want peace.” But we demand that Russia respect the territorial integrity of neighboring states. On September 8, we will head to Moscow and hold consultations there with the Russian leadership on what needs to be done next. ”
The head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, in particular, noted:
“The dramatic events,” said EC President Barroso, “raised a very serious matter regarding relations between the EU and Russia. We need a modern partnership based on fundamental shared values. I think that this is in the interests of both parties – both Russia and the European Union. ”
Regarding the status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the press conference participants noted that the 6-point agreement “provides for an international discussion about this, but the status should be discussed as part of Georgia.
Manifestations in Georgia
Today in Georgia, on the day of the EU summit, the Stop Russia campaign is being held. Thousands of people gathered in the center of Tbilisi. They protested against Russia’s policies and actions towards Georgia.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili also joined the multi-kilometer live chain. He talked with the protesters gathered at Freedom Square, and with journalists.
“I am proud of my people. Across the country, people joined hands. They surrounded the Russian checkpoint. They took to the streets of all major cities and villages. ” In the hands of demonstrators – national flags and flags of the European Union.
Mikheil Saakashvili later said, addressing the protesters, that Georgia would continue the struggle for the peaceful unification of the country.
The initiators of the action were public organizations and Georgian parliamentarians.
Similar demonstrations took place today in other cities of Georgia, in particular, in Poti.