EU, Russia disagree on Gerogia

EU Parliament urges Russia to withdraw all troops; Russia disappointed with EU response on Georgia.

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The European Parliament issued a strong appeal to Russia to "honor all its commitments" to withdraw its troops under a cease-fire agreement with Georgia on Wednesday. Russia was disappointed that the European Union did not condemned Georgia's actions in its breakaway province of South Ossetia. The Kremlin also called for a UN Security Council resolution on the EU-brokered cease-fire deal with Georgia. The European Union assembly passed a resolution calling on Moscow to ensure the "complete and immediate" withdrawal of its troops from Georgia and to reduce its force strength in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The EU parliament on Wednesday also condemned alleged looting carried out by Russian forces and linked militia groups in Georgia, and it criticized the use of cluster bombs by both Russian and Georgian military officials. Georgia said Russia had not fulfilled the agreement because its troops were still inside Georgia proper. Russia said they were peacekeepers permitted under a clause in the cease-fire agreement allowing extra security measures. President Dmitry Medvedev signed the agreement with French President Nicolas Sarkozy days after fighting broke out last month in the Georgian province of South Ossetia. The Kremlin said Medvedev discussed the Kremlin's position with Sarkozy by telephone Wednesday.