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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Mulls Stalling Accord With Russia

STRASBOURG, France -- EU governments should hold up implementation of a partnership and cooperation pact with Russia if there is no letup in the violence in Chechnya, the European Parliament said Thursday.


Member states should not make "any further progress with the final ratification of the Partnership Agreement with the Russian Federation until the military attack and the gross violation of human rights against the people of Chechnya have come to an end," parliament said in a resolution.


It also backed a European Commission decision earlier this month to put an interim trade agreement with Moscow on ice in response to the use of military power to quell the Chechen rebellion, and urged EU states to do likewise.


Calling for an immediate cease-fire in Chechnya, the parliament said in a statement it "denounces the completely disproportionate actions by the Russian authorities and the gross violation of human rights resulting from these actions."


It appealed to President Boris Yeltsin to seek a political settlement "in furtherance and consolidation of the process of democratic reforms in Russia itself for which the European Union is providing substantial support."


The partnership accord strengthens economic and political cooperation between the EU and Moscow.