What does Europe do? What does Europe do with a country that supplies it with over one third of its oil and gas, a country dependent on Europe as being its biggest trading partner, a country that has now arrogantly proven to it and the rest of the world how it plays by different rules when it comes to relations with neighboring countries which don’t abide by its wishes? What does Europe do? Nothing much, it seems. Other than call an emergency summit, I mean.

And Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has actually seemed to have praised the EU’s recent decision during said summit to symbolically postpone the next step of negotiations on a “broader-based partnership agreement” between Russian and the EU, thus rejecting calls for sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Georgia, an agreement which, coincidentally, neither side appeared to be in all that much of a hurry in reaching agreement about the first place.

“This is sad, but not fatal,” Medvedev is quoted as saying. “Because things change in this world. Despite certain divisions among the EU states on the issue, a reasonable, realistic point of view prevailed, because some of the states were calling for some mythical sanctions.”

A sad decision for sure (or should I say indecision?), but whether or not it was a fatal one remains to be seen. Fatal for anything even remotely resembling a “partnership” between the EU and Russia, I mean. Calling Europe’s bluff in time-honored big stick fashion, Russia has once again pokered high and already won the pot, ostensibly agreeing to the terms of the Sarkozy-brokered cease-fire and pullback of Russian troops to the pre-conflict position but, three weeks since the signing and nearly a week since Moscow unilaterally recognized the independence of the capered Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, showing no signs whatsoever of holding its word.

President Sarkozy will travel to Moscow and Tbilisi in the coming week with EU President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana to verify if Russia is in fact keeping its side of the deal, this while sending economic support of roughly $150 million and symbolic moral support of 200 monitors to Georgia. But then? If Russia chooses not to care, what then? What does Europe do then?

Here, at least, at last, the Europeans have made their intentions crystal clear to Moscow: Should Russia not live up to the cease-fire agreement, to the letter, they will be forced to hold another meeting on the matter. Excuse me, I mean emergency summit.

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