Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could cause 'horrible conflict'

Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could cause 'horrible conflict'

"Georgia becoming part of the North-Atlantic Alliance might trigger a bad conflict".

"We, the representatives of Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, have come to Georgia to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Russian military aggression against Georgia and reaffirm our unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders", the four politicians said in the statement. Medvedev, who was Russia's president at the time, sent soldiers which defeated the Georgian military in five days.

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.

"This is a war against Georgia, an aggression, an occupation, and a blatant violation of worldwide law", Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili told a round table meeting attended by Georgian government officials and visiting foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine's vice premier.

A Georgian national flag flying at half mast in Tbilisi in honour of those killed during the conflict between Georgia and Russian Federation in August 2008.

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"We can say that Georgia's integration with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is the only guarantee for the security, stability and sustainable development of the region", Pkhaladze said.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed ties with Georgia at their summit in Brussels in July.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had also said that he would view NATO's further expansion with Georgia and Ukraine "highly negatively". Medvedev said. "Do they understand the possible implications?" However, countries with ongoing territorial conflicts can not join the Alliance, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation rules.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion causes concern in Moscow, as the military capabilities of the Alliance, including nuclear weapons aimed at Russian Federation.

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