Medvedev: EU summit was double-edged

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The European Union’s rejection of sanctions on Russia is positive but it is disappointing the bloc does not understand the Kremlin’s motives in Georgia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.

An emergency summit of EU leaders on Monday threatened to postpone talks on a new partnership pact if Moscow did not scale back its military presence in Georgia. It did not adopt the sanctions some countries were demanding.

“In my view, the outcome is double-edged,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Euronews television channel, recorded at his summer residence on the Black Sea.

The EU did not understand what motivated Russia to move into Georgia and to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states, he said.

“This is sad, but not fatal because things change in this world.”

“Another situation, in my opinion, is more positive. Despite certain divisions among the EU states on the issue, a reasonable, realistic point of view prevailed because some of the states were calling for some mythical sanctions,” Medvedev said in the interview.

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