Russian PM says NATO admission of Georgia could trigger 'terrible conflict'

Clay Curtis
August 9, 2018

During a recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, the organization's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated intention to grant membership to Georgia, but did not say when it could happen.

"There is an unresolved territorial conflict ... and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?"

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine on Tuesday called on Russian Federation to "reverse its illegal recognition of the so-called independence" of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"Unfortunately, the Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues in violation of worldwide law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union", the EU statement reads.

The Russian military quickly routed the Georgian army during the August 2008 war.

Czaputowicz was in Tbilisi on a two-day visit, alongside fellow top diplomats - Lithuania's Linas Linkevicius and Latvia's Edgars Rinkevics - as well as Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko.

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The Georgian forces were defeated in days.

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".

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Irakli Koplatadze, termed the Russia's 2008 military intervention into Georgia as a "direct attack on Europe's security and global order". A decade on, "aggression against Georgia, Ukraine is part of Russian policy", the FM said, it violates worldwide law and "must be constantly observed by the global community, including a sanctions regime".

The European Council President Donald Tusk wrote that the "EU is unwavering in its support" for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts. 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. In early April at the NATO summit in Bucharest the heads of state and government of countries-members of NATO stated that Georgia can become a NATO member.

"We will respond appropriately to such aggressive steps, which pose a direct threat to Russia", Putin warned.

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