EU resumes partnership talks with Russia after war
NICE, France — The president of the European Commission says the European Union will resume partnership talks with Russia that were put on hold over the war with Georgia.
Jose Manuel Barroso says the talks are being resumed to increase stability.
The talks were suspended Sept. 1 amid diplomatic tensions after the short war over two breakaway provinces. Critics say it is too early to resume talks because Russia maintains troops in the provinces.
The partnership and cooperation talks were begun in 2007 and aim for greater economic integration and cooperation on security and justice.
Barroso met Friday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the southern French city of Nice.