Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation may trigger 'terrible conflict,' says Russian PM

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

Dmitry Medvedev, speaking in an interview with the Kommersant daily broadcast by Russian state television, called NATO's plans to offer membership to Georgia in the future "absolutely irresponsible" and a "threat to peace", the Associated Press reports.

Tbilisi fought a five-day war with Russian Federation in 2008 over Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"And it is an absolute challenge", - said the Prime Minister, who, as President, sanctioned in 2008, the input units of the Russian 58th army in South Ossetia, and the outbreak of hostilities on Georgian territory.

"Georgia once again calls on the Russian Federation to stop its illegal actions on the territory of Georgia and to fulfill its worldwide obligations, in particular, to revoke the recognition of occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia as "independent states" and to fully implement the August 12 ceasefire agreement mediated by the European Union", the statement of Official Tbilisi reads.

Georgian government continued their efforts for reconciliation by carrying out a policy dialogue for restoring territorial integrity, Koplatadze said.

The two-day visit to the Georgian capital by Czaputowicz, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, Latvia's top diplomat Edgars Rinkēvičs, and Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko included meetings with Georgia's president, prime minister, parliamentary speaker and foreign minister, in addition to a trip to the administrative boundary line with the separatist region of Tskhinvali/South Ossetia, the foreign ministry in Warsaw said.

"Together with the Georgian authorities, we would like to remind the world about the violation of Georgia's independence, the tragedy of thousands of families expelled from their homes, hundreds of people killed and wounded", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.

Russian-Georgian relations have improved since the war, but the issue of the breakaway regions remains, preventing the full normalization of ties. He has warned against Georgia joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance. "We do not understand why it is necessary", Medvedev said. "It could provoke a terrible conflict". I hope the United States and its leadership will eventually see this as well.

"The Russian Federation has not implemented its global obligations despite constant calls from the worldwide community. and has further reinforced its illegal military presence on the ground", the ministry said in a statement.

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