Sarkozy in Moscow talks, pushes for EU monitors

MOSCOW (AP) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy is pressing Russia to honor its pledge to withdraw troops from Georgia.

Sarkozy is in Moscow today, heading a European Union delegation there to discuss implementation of a peace deal between Russia and the former Soviet republic. It follows their five-day war over control of two breakaway provinces. Sarkozy has been criticized for allowing too much room for interpretation in the peace deal.

Georgia says Russia has been reinforcing its positions outside the Georgian Black Sea port of Poti over the weekend. Monday, Russian troops turned back a convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying relief supplies to Georgian villages around South Ossetia.

Russia says its troops are peacekeepers and they are allowed under the peace deal to help maintain security around South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Sarkozy's delegation is pushing for a quick deployment of several hundred EU monitors to Georgia. But Russia's Foreign Ministry says it's against an EU monitoring mission.

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