September 8, 2008
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman says Moscow is against an independent European Union monitoring mission in Georgia.
Andrei Nesterenko says the deployment of an EU monitoring force would lead to unnecessary "fragmentation" of international monitoring efforts by the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Nesterenko's statement sets a tough tone for Russian officials in talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Sarkozy arrived in Moscow on Monday to push for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgia and the deployment of EU monitors. read more here