Survey: Poles split on results of EU summit on Georgia

Georgia Materials 3 September 2008 15:47 (UTC +04:00)

Polish public opinion is split on the outcome of Monday's EU emergency summit on Russia, according to a poll published on Wednesday in the daily Rzeczpospolita.

Thirty-eight per cent thought the EU's reaction to the Russia- Georgia war, which threatened to suspend a cooperation agreement but did not lay down sanctions against Russia, was "sufficient" after the summit in Brussels on Monday, while 37 per cent said it was "too soft." Fifteen percent thought the EU had been "too tough" on Russia, reported dpa.

Poland had led several former Eastern Bloc countries in calling for a tough EU stance on Russia, wary of their eastern neighbour's growing assertiveness.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk had said he'd use the summit to press for humanitarian and infrastructural aid to Georgia along with regular consultations to maintain Georgia's territorial integrity.

President Lech Kaczynski had advocated a tougher stance against Russia and emerged as one of Georgia's strongest supporters after its brief but bloody conflict over two breakaway regions.

Both politicians attended the summit, along with Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, and said they had worked out a common stance on the Georgia issue.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently recognized the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent, defying the pro- Georgian EU and US.