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PACE may tighten position on Russia over European Commission report

MOSCOW. May 14 (Interfax) - The European Commission report on the Caucasian events of last August may cause new sanctions against Russia at the autumnal session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said.

'The European Commission report concerning the investigation of last August's events in the Caucasus, which will be ready in June - early July, and constant claims of Russia's alleged failure to fulfill nearly every recommendation of PACE in contrast to Georgia may cause harsh debates at the Assembly's autumnal session and new sanctions as regards Russia," Nesterenko told a press briefing on Thursday.

Moscow "has to say that PACE ignored the facts, primarily the massive Georgian attack on the Republic of South Ossetia in the small morning hours of August 8, 2008," he said.

"We hope that the Assembly members will eventually stop whitewashing Georgia and acknowledge the unacceptability of the Georgian policy on South Ossetia and Abkhazia," he said.