Kouchner says EU nations may consider Russia sanctions

Three days before an emergency EU summit in Brussels, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Thursday said some European nations were considering imposing sanctions against Russia as a result of its actions in Georgia, reported dpa.

However, he later denied some press reports suggesting that he was in favour of sanctions against Moscow because of the crisis in the Caucasus.

Addressing journalists early Thursday, Kouchner said "sanctions were being considered, as well as other means" to address the issue, but he did not specify.

"I, myself, would not anticipate sanctions (being imposed) while the meeting has not yet taken place," said Kouchner. France is currently president of the Union and has been at the forefront of the EU's attempts to resolve the crisis.

It was the first time France had brought up the possibility of sanctions against Moscow.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed such action, saying Kouchner "says a lot of things."

He noted the French minister had also expressed fear that Russia could move its military into Moldova and the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, news agency Interfax reported.

"To me, this outpouring demonstrates utter confusion," Lavrov told journalists on the sidelines of a summit of Asian states in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe.

Russia was gunning for support from China and four Central Asian states that are fellow members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the summit Wednesday as the Western leaders debated measures to punish Moscow for its actions in Georgia.

However, a spokeswoman at the French Foreign Ministry told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that Kouchner's statement regarding sanctions referred only to a handful of EU member nations who could raise the possibility at Monday's summit.

The ministry also issued a statement declaring that "if certain (nations) are considering sanctions, France's position as head of the European Union is to obtain a common position for the entire European Union."

It is widely believed that Poland and the three Baltic nations could ask the EU to impose sanctions on Monday.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski was slated to meet with his counterparts from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia either on Thursday or Monday to work out a common stance on Georgia for the emergency summit, his chancellery told Radio ZET on Thursday.

"There's an expectation from the Baltic states that the president in Brussels will present a common stance of... the three Baltic states and Poland," said Piotr Kownacki, vice-chief of the president's chancellery.

Demands for diplomatic action against Russia have grown louder since Moscow recognized the independence of Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Kouchner said the aim of Monday's extraordinary summit, the first such crisis meeting since the 2003 Iraq war, would be to "draw up a strong statement reflecting our determination not to accept" the situation in Georgia.

Qatar reports 224 new COVID-19 cases, 122,917 in total
Qatar reports 224 new COVID-19 cases, 122,917 in total
Kazakhstan's crude oil exports to India surge in 1H2020
Kazakhstan's crude oil exports to India surge in 1H2020
Iran and Pakistan discuss trade between border provinces
Iran and Pakistan discuss trade between border provinces
Loading Bars
Latest
Iran's Zarif says world should oppose U.S. sanctions or expect same
Rolls-Royce plans to raise up to £2.5 billion as COVID-19 bites
Moscow's death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises by 13 - crisis center
Turkey reports 1,538 new COVID-19 cases, 68 deaths
Tajikistan decreases export volumes to Kazakhstan
Police clash with protesters at anti-lockdown demonstration in London
Georgian PM: Our victory must be an economically strong, educated, fair and European state
Iran's Persian Gulf Bid Boland Gas Refining Company declares amount of revenues to be received
Uzbekistan’s car manufacturing company to issue shares for public offering
Trump says he will name Supreme Court successor to liberal Ginsburg 'without delay'
Commander of Azerbaijani Naval Forces comments on information in social networks about Turkish coordinating officer
Gas transportation in Iran expands
Two dead as destructive storm Ianos hits central Greece
Kazakhstan decreases goods export to Ukraine amid COVID-19
Iran and Turkey's gas trade depends on future exploration in the Black Sea
President: If Azerbaijan had been an independent country then, we could have become the richest country in the world
Poland reports over 1,000 new COVID-19 infections, record high since outbreak
CEC sets coronavirus-related safety guidelines for Election Day
China's economy remains resilient despite external risks, says Xi
Iran's Bahar Azadi gold coin price falling
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale September 20
Azerbaijani energy minister stresses importance of co-op within OPEC + format
Ukraine becomes popular destination for Turkish citizens looking for job
General Inspection Organization of Iran strengthen monitoring of banks
Uzbek-Chinese Asia Trans Gas to buy coolant and lubricants via tender
President Ilham Aliyev: The activities of our oil workers serve the interests of the Azerbaijani people
Madrid residents facing localised lockdown doubt curbs will work
TikTok files complaint against Trump administration to try to block U.S. ban
Geostat: Milk, meat production up in Georgia
Germany plans reform to avoid bankruptcy wave due to corona
Turkey decreases value of trade with Turkmenistan
Iran`s Rana Plus car to be launched in October
Uzbek-Chinese Asia Trans Gas to buy air filters via tender
President Aliyev: Key part of Azerbaijan's economy associated with oil and gas sector, and this to be case for many years to come
Azerbaijani president: New phase beginning for Absheron gas condensate field
Azerbaijan confirms 177 more COVID-19 recoveries
EU's share in total import of Azerbaijan up
Azerbaijan's eight-month export of gourds shows uptick
Azerbaijani startup launches new project for automating calculations of repair services
Iranian official: neither side fulfills their obligations in nuclear deal
Iran reveals amount of loans issued to manufacturing enterprises
Update on ski resort construction in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan expecting inflation decrease by end of 2020
Bank of Georgia raises funds from Citibank to finance trade
Azerbaijani community: Armenia to be held responsible for massacre in Khankendi (PHOTO)
Iranian President expresses concern over people ignoring health protocols
Deaths from coronavirus exceed 24,000 in Iran
Turkmenistan increases imports of steel from Turkey
Iran Export Guarantee Fund`s support for exporters doubles
Kazakhstan's cargo transportation volumes decrease
Trial of social distancing rules on 2 Iranian airlines
Turkmenistan’s Exchange to be transformed into joint-stock company
Buy/sell operation at Iran Mercantile Exchange disclosed
Capital of banks in Iran announced
President Ilham Aliyev attends groundbreaking ceremony of Absheron field offshore operations (PHOTO)
Prices of Azerbaijani oil fluctuate
IMF talks Georgia's investment potential
Defense Minister: Azerbaijan Army ready to suppress any provocations of Armenia, undertake strong retaliatory actions
SOCAR applying digital road map for using high technologies
Uzbek Agroindustry and Food Security Agency to buy laboratory equipment via tender
Production of several products in Iran climbs
Weekly review of Azerbaijan's precious metals market
SOCAR gives sneak peek of its new dev’t strategy
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Georgian Tbilisi to be host city for 2021 ADB’s 54th Annual Meeting
Azerbaijani FM receives head of International Committee of Red Cross Delegation (PHOTO)
IMF, Turkmenistan review indicators for country's state budget
Minister: Georgia shows signs of economic recovery
Active supply of Turkish cement to Italy amid pandemic recorded
Uzbekistan to include goods and services in Unified Electronic Catalog
Kazakhstan's oil & gas company opens tender to buy filter blocks
Azerbaijani Central Bank unveils number of borrowers with restructured loans
Georgia sees increase in COVID-19 cases
Production started at Uzbek gas condensate field
Japan, Uzbekistan to increase tourist flow between countries
Turkmen Ministry of Construction to purchase equipment from Italian company
Kazakhstan, Russia agree to resume mutual flights
Turkmenistan, Ukraine discuss trade, economic cooperation
Iranian currency rates for September 19
Number of coronavirus cases in Uzbekistan pass 50,000
Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 36 times
Australia COVID-19 hotspot records fewest cases since June
Turkey summons Greek envoy over expletive headline against Erdoğan
E3 says Iran sanctions relief to continue beyond Sep. 20
Georgia sends armored medical evacuation vehicles to Indonesia
65 new COVID-19 infections reported in Kazakhstan over past day
UN, Kazakhstan intend substantially contribute to environmental resilience (INTERVIEW)
Japan's new PM Suga to meet with Pompeo in October
Chinese mainland reports 14 new imported COVID-19 cases
Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 135,000
French finance minister tests positive for COVID-19
Trump says he sees no reason to delay TikTok decision
Eleven more coronavirus patients die in Moscow in past day
Qatar reports 224 new COVID-19 cases, 122,917 in total
Kazakhstan's crude oil exports to India surge in 1H2020
Georgia to acquire 135 000 doses of flu vaccines in October
Istanbul introduces alternate working hours for public servants amid COVID-19 pandemic
Kazakhstan launches programming learning platform
UK PM Johnson says second wave of virus inevitable, new restrictions possible
Israel's daily new COVID-19 death cases hit record high
All news