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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

European Aid Withheld




BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Parliament on Thursday withheld approval of a modest package of scientific and research assistance for Russia in protest against Moscow's military campaign in Chechnya.


A spokesman for the Green Group, which proposed the gesture, said the assembly had postponed by two weeks a vote on approving assistance projects worth abo ut 90,000 euros ($95,000).


"This will not kill Russia financially, but it is an important symbolic gesture," a Green spokesman said.


The Party of European Socialists, which also backed the delay, said approving assistance for Russia at this time would have sent the wrong signal.