Friday, October 27, 2006

EU Parliament: Be Careful of the Russian Bear

Two days ago, members of the European Union Parliament passed a resolution (nonbinding) which encouraged member nations to give "serious thought" to their relations with Russia and forego making decisions based only on economic criteria. In other words, Russia's worsening record regarding freedom issues, human rights, general corruption and threatening actions towards others should give pause to EU states who deal with Russia.

According to Radio Free Europe, "the parliamentarians voiced concerns over what they called the increasing intimidation, harassment, and killing of journalists, and other people critical of the Russian government."