Latvia backs suspension of EU-Russia talks

RIGA (Reuters) – Latvia favors the suspension of talks on a new cooperation pact between the European Union and Russia until Moscow has withdrawn its troops from Georgia, the Baltic state’s foreign minister said on Friday.

Maris Riekstinsh was speaking before a special EU summit on Monday on the bloc’s response to Russia’s conflict with Georgia and its recognition of two Georgian breakaway regions.

“I personally believe that negotiations on the partnership and cooperation agreement is one of the issues which we have to address very carefully,” Riekstinsh told Reuters in an interview.

“The title of the agreement (is) ‘partnership and cooperation’. We have to make sure what kind of partnership we are talking about and is this really the right time to talk about this partnership,” he added.

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