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Georgia’s accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would cause a "terrible conflict" - Medvedev

09 August, 2018, 20:43 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

In an interview with Kommersant daily on Tuesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he believes the tensions between Russia and western countries will not last forever. He has warned against Georgia joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has released a statement regarding the 10 year anniversary of the Georgia-Russia August war, which left 20% of Georgian territories occupied and turned thousands of Georgians into IDPs. Ten years ago at the NATO summit in Bucharest the heads of state, NATO promised that Ukraine and Georgia will eventually become NATO members.

"We know very well - today Georgia, tomorrow Ukraine, the day after tomorrow the Baltic States, and later maybe the time for my country - Poland", he repeated. The NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, started in 2015, strives to help reform and modernize Georgia's security forces through cooperative, multi-national training exercises.

After the discussion, the Polish FM emphasised the four-country delegation's visit to Tbilisi aims to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Russian military aggression against Georgia.

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Georgian soldiers are seen atop a tank in August 2008 as it makes its way along a street, as a monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is seen in the background, in Gori, Georgia.

The ministers called on Russian Federation to rethink its decision to recognise the independence of the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. After the cessation of hostilities, Moscow officially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

While around 75% of Georgians said they were in favour of a possible Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, 81% voiced support for European Union membership.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance. "I hope that NATO's leadership will be smart enough not to take any steps in that direction", he said.

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