"Georgia joining to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could trigger bad conflict" - English

09 August, 2018, 13:26 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A man leads a cow in front of an Abkhazian tank in the remote Kodori Gorge region

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (19 July) warned North Atlantic Treaty Organisation against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance.

Foreign affairs chiefs from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine met in Georgia this week to take part in commemorations marking 10 years since Russia's 2008 invasion of the Caucasus Republic and reiterate hopes that the country could soon join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. 7, 2018, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview broadcast by Russian state television on the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war issued a stern warning that incorporating Georgia into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a "threat to peace" and could trigger a new "horrible" conflict.

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev holds a meeting at his Gorki residence today.

NATO now supports Georgia through the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, a set of initiatives that provides resources to strengthen Georgia's defenses.

Russian forces entered two breakaway Georgian regions in 2008, which remain garrisoned by Russian troops to this day, something Moscow says is in keeping with local people's wishes, but which the West and the Georgian government call an illegal occupation.

Earlier this summer, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed closer ties with Georgia and Ukraine at their summit in Brussels. 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.

Medvedev made the comment in an interview with the Kommersant Radio, Tanjug is reporting, citing TASS.

Georgian soldiers observe terrain near Gori, Georgia northwest of capital Tbilisi in a file image from 2008.

Military conflict between Russian Federation and Georgia erupted in 2008 after Georgian troops attempted to regain control of South Ossetia, a breakaway province supported by Russian Federation.

The European Union on Tuesday reiterated its "firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders" and lamented the Russian military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Medvedev pointed to Moscow's recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Russian military bases there, saying that any attempt to change the status quo could lead to "extremely grave consequences".

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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