'EU mulling sanctions against Russia'

French Foreign Minister Kouchner says Russia has broken int'l law by invading Georgian provinces.

kouchner 224.88 ap (photo credit: AP)
kouchner 224.88 ap
(photo credit: AP)
The European Union is considering sanctions against Russia following its recognition of independence for the Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the French foreign minister said Thursday. Bernard Kouchner, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, said the bloc was "trying to draw up a strong text, signifying our unwillingness to accept" Russia's stance. France has called EU leaders to a meeting Monday in Brussels to focus on what steps the 27-member bloc will take in response to the fighting between Russia and Georgia. The EU's future relations with Russia will be discussed, and Kouchner said some countries have asked that sanctions be proposed. "Sanctions are being considered ... and many other means as well," Kouchner said at news conference. He did not elaborate. Kouchner's comments marked a turnaround from his stance Monday, when he said the EU did not envision sanctions against Russia following its brief but intense war against Georgia. European nations have increased criticism of Russia since it recognized two Georgian separatist areas as independent nations Tuesday. Kouchner said Russia broke international law by doing so.