Moscow is not isolated, can bring own sanctions into play, - Medvedev

Other News Materials 31 August 2008 21:18 (UTC +04:00)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has threatened to hit back if the EU imposes sanctions against his country over Georgia, according to reports by the Interfax news agency. ( dpa )

Medvedev's comments come one day before a scheduled EU emergency summit to discuss the union's response to the Russian invasion of Georgia. Sanctions against the EU's largest neighbour may be one outcome of the meeting.

"I am not a supporter of sanctions ... but at a push we can take these kinds of measures," he said at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The Russian president also claimed that his country has not been marginalised by the invasion of Georgia, which drew widespread international condemnation.

Medvedev said " Russia is not looking for isolation. We will develop, in as much as is possible, friendly ties with Europe, the US, and other countries in the world," the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in an article published in the Observer on Sunday that Russia's "unilateral approach is dangerous and unacceptable."