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Russia Warns of Severe Consequences if Georgia Joins NATO

09 August 2018

Medvedev said in an interview with the Kommersant FM radio station on August 6 that NATO's plans to eventually offer membership to Georgia were "absolutely irresponsible" and a "threat to peace".

Medvedev also emphasized that in his opinion the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia that emerged after Georgian military attacked Russian peacekeepers in the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia could have been avoided. Only Russia and a handful of countries recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said it greatly appreciates the global community's support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Once again we call on Russian Federation to comply with the August 2008 ceasefire agreement and pull its forces out of Georgia, ' said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Ine Eriksen Soreide.

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"Any illegitimate activity is unacceptable for us", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said. However, countries with ongoing territorial conflicts can not join the Alliance, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation rules.

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. "It could provoke a disgusting conflict".

In a joint statement issued on the 10th anniversary of "the Russian military aggression against Georgia", the four countries demanded that Russia "fully implement" a 2008 ceasefire agreement and "engage in a constructive manner into the process of Geneva International Discussions (GID)", which were launched in Geneva, Switzerland, in October 2008, to address the consequences of the conflict in Georgia. Therefore, I hope that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leadership will have enough sense not to take any steps in this direction'.

"This visit will not only be symbolic, but we will also talk with our colleagues, president and prime minister, Georgia's foreign minister, how we can specifically support them in cooperation with the European Union and NATO", Rinkevics added. We can't help getting anxious when the circle around our country keeps narrowing as more and more countries join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Russia Warns of Severe Consequences if Georgia Joins NATO