Russian says Nato admission of Georgia could trigger ‘conflict’

Pauline Gross
August 9, 2018

"There is no inevitability was not" - said Medvedev.

Tbilisi and its Western partners condemned the move as an "illegal occupation of Georgian soil" and the first time a sovereign state's borders were changed in Europe through military force since the end of World War Two.

The prime minister recalled that the 2008 armed conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia, which also involved Russian Federation, "was not inevitable" and "could have been prevented".

Meanwhile, foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland - all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members - will pay a visit to Georgia's capital of Tbilisi for official talks. In March 2017, Visa Free Travel for short term stays entered into force for Georgian citizens.

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini assured Georgia on Tuesday (12 June) that ten years after Russia's occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the European Union has not given up seeking a "true solution" to the conflict.

The EU welcomes the package of proposals "A Step to a Better Future" of the Georgian government that can benefit the citizens living on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines by facilitating trade, education and mobility.

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The Prime Minister called the immoral and criminal behavior of Mikheil Saakashvili that was the President of Georgia in those years the ground for the conflict. Poland fully supports these policies, the FM stated, as well as Tbilisi's cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and is willing to offer further help in the reform of the Georgian defence sector.

July 12, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the organization's intention to accept Georgia into the Alliance.

Ten years after the war between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia, Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has warned of the consequences of Georgia joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the Western defence alliance.

The Russian prime minister described NATO's eastward expansion as a major security threat to Russia.

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

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