Russia: 'Horror' if Georgia joins NATO

Leroy Wright
August 9, 2018

Medvedev was Russia's president during the August 2008 war, which erupted when Georgian troops tried unsuccessfully to regain control over the Moscow-backed breakaway province of South Ossetia and Russian Federation sent troops that routed the Georgian military in five days of fighting.

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.

On August 7, the European Union issued a statement praising the 10th anniversary of the truce it brokered between Georgia and Russia to end the war and calling the continuing Russian military presence in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, a "violation of global law" and the truce. Ten years ago, on their journey to Georgia, our leaders had stopped in Crimea, Ukraine.

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.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said that global law and order were violated in Georgia ten years ago and that it is still "important" and necessary to remind the world about it.

The two Baltic nations and Poland stressed that they are striving to make Georgia and Ukraine members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The de-escalation of military operations has made it possible to ease anxiety in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and reach a relationship with the European Union and other countries.

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

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could lead to catastrophic consequences for the rapprochement of Tbilisi with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation irritates Moscow.

"There is an unresolved territorial conflict ... and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?" We understand that if any other country claims that they are part of its national territory, this may have severe consequences. The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had also said that he would view NATO's further expansion with Georgia and Ukraine "highly negatively".

The joint trip to Tbilisi followed in the footsteps of the late Polish President Lech Kaczyński, who in August 2008 organised a visit in support of Georgia.

"Moscow further enhances its illegal military presence on the ground and prevents the creation of worldwide security mechanisms in Georgia's Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions", the statement added.

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