EU Holds Emergency Summit on Georgia

No sanctions or radical changes expected
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Sep 1, 2008 2:53 AM CDT
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner addresses the media at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, on Aug. 13, 2008.    (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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(Newser) – European Union leaders gather in Brussels in an emergency session today to review their stance on Russia’s invasion of Georgia. It's the first emergency EU meeting since the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003. With conflicting positions from the UK, France and Germany, analysts say the summit will likely produce support for Georgia and a major rethink on European ties with Russia—but no radical changes, reports the Guardian.

The UK is pushing for a strong EU response, including freezing Russia's membership in the G8, but France fears that sanctions could provoke retaliation from tough-talking Moscow. The German reaction has been mixed, reflecting current fractures within the country’s national government. Russia supplies Europe with a third of its oil and 40% of its gas—but Moscow officials have said they won’t play the energy card in dealings with Europe.