Monday, 20 August, 2018

Russian PM warns North Atlantic Treaty Organisation admission of Georgia could trigger conflict

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO Russia warns of 'horrible conflict' if Georgia joins NATO
Melinda Barton | 09 August, 2018, 20:46

"It (Georgia's entry to NATO) could provoke a awful 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.

Irakli Koplatadze, termed the Russia's 2008 military intervention into Georgia as a "direct attack on Europe's security and global order".

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini assured Georgia on Tuesday (12 June) that ten years after Russia's occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the European Union has not given up seeking a "true solution" to the conflict.

"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.

Russian forces entered two breakaway Georgian regions in 2008, which remain garrisoned by Russian troops to this day, something Moscow says is in keeping with local people's wishes, but which the West and the Georgian government call an illegal occupation.

The only United Nations member states to recognize the breakaway regions are Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru. "Do they understand the possible implications?"

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

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said on many occasions that Russia regards NATO's expansion into Georgia and Ukraine with "the utmost disapproval".

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the conflict between Russian Federation and Georgia.

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.