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Rice Hails EU-US Cooperation on Russia

DPA news agency (jp)September 5, 2008

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she was "very satisfied" with the European Union and United States sending a clear message of disapproval to Russia over the Georgia conflict.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Rice said she was happy that the EU and the US saw eye-to-eyeImage: AP

The EU and US were achieving "results" in backing Georgia and showing Russia that "we do not accept this type of action," Rice said on Friday, Sept. 5, after meeting her Portuguese counterpart Luis Amado in Lisbon.

The US was satisfied with the EU's condemnation of Russia's recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Rice said.

United, the US and EU were showing Russia that it had nothing to win by using military force against a small neighbor, Rice explained.

The secretary of state was due to travel to Libya in the afternoon. Her tour will also take her to Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.