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MOSCOW (AFP) — Russia on Thursday tested an inter-continental missile, reports said, heightening tensions with the West as France warned the European Union could slap sanctions on Moscow over the Georgia conflict.
Russia also sought international support for its stance at a summit with China and Central Asian nations.
The missile test in northern Russia came barely a week after the United States completed an accord with Poland on basing an anti-missile shield in central Europe and as Russia accuses NATO of building up its navy vessels in the Black Sea.
A spokesman for Russia's strategic nuclear forces said the test was successful, Russian news agencies reported. The announcement came as Russia complained about the number of NATO ships in the Black Sea and said it was taking "measures of precaution".
NATO said there were five warships taking part in exercises in the Black Sea that were organised before Russia's military offensive in Georgia on August 8 to rebuff a Georgian attempt to retake breakaway South Ossetia.
The standoff with the West deepened with President Dmitry Medvedev's announcement that Russia recognised South Ossetia and another rebel region, Abkhazia, as independent states.
"There is no NATO naval build up in the Black Sea as Russian authorities are claiming in the media," alliance spokeswoman Carmen Romero said.
In a statement, NATO said: "This deployment is routine in nature and has been planned for over a year. Notification of the requirement to transit the Turkish Straits was given in June well before the current Georgia crisis and is completely unrelated."
US warships have taken relief supplies to Georgia outside of the NATO exercises and other western nations are beleived to have vessels in the Black Sea. Russia has moved some of its own naval forces to the Abkhaz port of Sukhumi.
EU states are considering imposing sanctions on Russia at an emergency summit on the Georgian crisis on Monday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said.
"Sanctions are being considered, and many other means," said Kouchner, whose country holds the European Union presidency.
"We are trying to draw up a strong text showing our desire not to accept" the situation in Georgia, he told reporters, while refusing to disclose what kind of sanctions were under consideration.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shrugged off the threat, saying it was made "just because they're upset that the 'little pet' of certain Western capitals didn't fulfill their expectations."
Lavrov suggested the French foreign minister had a "sick imagination" after Kouchner argued that Moscow could have designs on Ukraine, Crimea and Moldova.
Russia claimed it had secured support from China and four other nations at a summit in Dushanbe, the Tajikistan capital.
The statement released by the six nations at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit voiced support for Russia's "active role" in "assisting in peace and cooperation in the region" but also called for dialogue and respect for "territorial integrity".
"The SCO member states express their deep concern over the recent tensions surrounding the South Ossetia question and call for the sides to peacefully resolve existing problems through dialogue," said the statement signed by Medvedev, President Hu Jintao of China and the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The declaration called for respect for "territorial integrity" without specifically naming the Georgia case.
"The presidents confirmed their commitment to the principle of respecting the historical and cultural traditions of each country and efforts aimed at maintaining the unity of states and their territorial integrity."
Medvedev described the "united position" of the SCO members as a "serious signal" to the West.
"I am sure that the united position of the SCO member states will have international resonance," Medvedev said. "And I hope it will serve as a serious signal to those who try to turn black into white and justify this aggression."
China said Wednesday it was "concerned" at the conflict in the Caucasus and called for "dialogue and consultation" to resolve the issue.
On Wednesday, the Group of Seven industrialised powers strongly condemned Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
"We deplore Russia's excessive use of military force in Georgia and its continued occupation of parts of Georgia," said the statement from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
South Ossetian prosecutor general Teimuraz Khugayev said Thursday that 1,692 people were killed and 1,500 wounded in the attack by Georgian forces on the breakaway region, news agencies reported.
A Russian prosecutor last week said that only 133 deaths had been confirmed among civilians in the region, although they said they expected that figure to grow. Russian officials earlier said up to 2,000 people had been killed.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on Russia to allow an international probe into allegations of abuses by the Georgian military in South Ossetia.
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