Russia Supports EU’s Participation in Security Issues in Europe: Russian Foreign Ministers
Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 September / Trend corr. A.Gasimova / Russia supports the participation of the EU in the security issues in Europe, Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, said in Moscow, the Vesti channel reported.
"EU assumed the responsibility of the key guarantee of non-use of force principle," Lavrov said.
The Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy held talks in the Russian President's Meiendorf residence on 8 September. The agreement on the international negotiation process on the status of South Ossetia and Abkhazia was reached as a result of the meeting. The process will start in Geneva on 15 October.
According to Lavrov, the document envisages the approach that Russia stands for.
"Document includes the necessity to return the Georgian troops to casern, as well as a guarantee of non-use of force against Abkhazia and S.Ossetia and EU presence," Lavrov said.
"We expect that the sides will carry out their responsibility," Lavrov said.
Initially the international community will take measures to prevent provocation in Tskhinvali and Sukhumi. Later Russia will withdraw its troops from the region.
"We are satisfied with the document. No ambiguity," Lavrov said.
At the night of 8 August, large-scale military operations were launched in the self-declared South Ossetia republic. The Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali. Later the Russian troops entered the city and drove the Georgian forces back to the Georgian territory.
On 12 August, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that he has decided to end operations to compel Georgia to peace.