Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Russian Federation warns of 'horrible conflict' if Georgia joins North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Russian Federation warns of 'horrible conflict' if Georgia joins North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Medvedev's comments come weeks after President Vladimir Putin warned North Atlantic Treaty Organisation against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance. 7, 2018, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview broadcast by Russian state television on the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war issued a stern warning that incorporating Georgia into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a "threat to peace" and could trigger a new "horrible" conflict.

An attempt by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, "horrible" conflict, Russia's prime minister said Tuesday in a stern warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war.

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev holds a meeting at his Gorki residence today.

But since 2008, when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders promised Georgia it would one day join the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the Western dream of the small Caucasus country has been a source of anger for its northern neighbour Russian Federation.

Earlier this summer, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed closer ties with Georgia and Ukraine at their summit in Brussels.

Nevertheless, a survey recently conducted by the Georgian National Democratic Institute (NDI) revealed that domestic support for Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union is on the rise compared to previous years.

Medvedev made the comment in an interview with the Kommersant Radio, Tanjug is reporting, citing TASS.

During their joint appearance on Tuesday (7 August), the foreign ministers recalled the events of 7 August 2008, when Russian Federation carried out armed aggression against Georgia, resulting in more than 150,000 people having to leave their homes and over 400 dead Georgian soldiers. A destroyed tank is seen in the foreground.

In an interview with RFE/RL on August 6, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who was president at the time of the conflict, said that Russia's motive in the five-day war with Tbilisi was to attack "Georgian statehood". The Russian military quickly routed the Georgian army during the war.

During the night of August 7-8, 2008, Tbilisi sent in troops to try to retake control of its breakaway region of South Ossetia from Russia-backed separatists.

"There is an unresolved territorial conflict. and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?" he said. Therefore, I hope that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leadership will have enough sense not to take any steps in this direction'.

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