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09 August 2018, 08:43 | Glen Norman
Russia warns of 'horrible conflict' if Georgia joins NATO
Dmitry Medvedevsaid in an interview with the Kommersant daily broadcast by Russian state television that NATO's plans to eventually offer membership to Georgia are "absolutely irresponsible" and a "threat to peace".
Georgia lost its control of both areas and Russian Federation later recognized both South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states. After the cessation of hostilities, Moscow officially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The European Union reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.
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"We know very well - today Georgia, tomorrow Ukraine, the day after tomorrow the Baltic States, and later maybe the time for my country - Poland", he repeated.
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.
He also said that the 2008 August war "could have been avoided".
The statement also mentioned Georgian citizens Davit Basharuli, Giga Otkhozoria and Archil Tatunashvili, who were killed by the occupation forces, saying Georgia has repeatedly proved unilateral fulfillment of the non-use of force, expecting similar steps from Russian Federation.
"Any illegitimate activity is unacceptable for us", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said. Medvedev said. "Do they understand the possible implications?"
Prominent Georgian politicians are keen for their country to join the Western military alliance, but have seen chances of joining hampered by Russian territorial incursions.
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Medvedev added that NATO's expansion is a threat to Russian Federation. 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 the decade since the conflict, Moscow has failed to implement the ceasefire agreement brokered by the European Union and "has further reinforced its illegal military presence on the ground", it said.
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