MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia called Saturday for more international observers to be sent to Georgia, two days before a European Union summit that Tbilisi hopes will decide on measures to punish the Russian leadership. The appeal for stronger European monitoring in Georgia came as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged EU leaders to show "common sense" at the summit on Monday and ignore calls for sanctions against Russia. Leaders of the 27-nation EU are to agree on a response to Russia's military surge into Georgia and decision to recognise the independence of two secessionist regions. Georgia called for sanctions on Russian leaders after breaking off diplomatic relations with Moscow to protest the decision to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia. But in an apparent conciliatory gesture, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during a phone conversation that Russia wants more OSCE observers to be sent to Georgia, a Kremlin statement said. Russia "calls for the dispatch of additional OSCE observers to the security zone and setting up an impartial monitoring of the acts of the Georgian government," said the Kremlin statement. OSCE monitors said Georgia had made elaborate preparations for the offensive in South Ossetia on August 7. Tbilisi has claimed that they were provoked by the Russian side. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made fresh accusations of US involvement in the Georgia conflict and rejected suggestions Moscow could target Ukraine next, in an interview aired Saturday. The powerful former Kremlin leader also urged the European Union to refrain from imposing sanctions against Russia when it meets for an emergency summit on Monday. A transcript of the interview to Germany's ARD television was released by the Russian government Saturday and excerpts were broadcast on Russian television. "We know there were many US advisors there," Putin said, reiterating remarks he had made in a previous interview to CNN. "But these instructors, teachers in a general sense, personnel who trained others to work on the supplied military equipment, are supposed to be in training centres and where were they? In the military operations zone," he said. Georgian Reintegration Minister Temur Yakobashvili called for Russian leaders to be punished with targeted sanctions. Georgia on Saturday also imposed visa restrictions on Russian citizens, with a foreign ministry spokeswoman saying it was a tit-for-tat measure. The new visa regime will take effect on September 8.