Vladimir Putin was dismissive of European leaders today who suggested that concrete action would be taken against Russia after its military action in Georgia – including suspension from the G8.
The Russian Prime Minister – shown in new macho-style pictures apparently tranquilising a tiger – said that any attempts at severing relations would be hampered by the self-interest of European nations.
EU leaders meet tomorrow for an emergency summit to discuss the Georgian crisis, and Gordon Brown said today that there should be a “root and branch” review of ties with Russia.
“In the light of Russian actions, the EU should review – root and branch – our relationship with Russia,” he wrote in The Observer today. He made no mention of possible EU sanctions against Russia.