Russian PM says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation admission of Georgia could trigger 'terrible conflict'

Russian PM says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation admission of Georgia could trigger 'terrible conflict'

Russian PM says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation admission of Georgia could trigger 'terrible conflict'

Asked in an interview about Nato's recent affirmation that Georgia would at some point become a member, he warned that this could lead to "terrible conflict".

Russian Federation swiftly responded with a military operation in defence of the separatists and rapidly overwhelmed the Georgian forces, even threatening to take Tbilisi during the five-day war.

On August 8, 2008, the Russian army swept into Georgia - bombing targets and occupying large swathes of territory - after Tbilisi launched a large-scale military operation against South Ossetian separatist forces who had been shelling Georgian villages in the region.

Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has released a statement regarding the 10 year anniversary of the Georgia-Russia August war, which left 20% of Georgian territories occupied and turned thousands of Georgians into IDPs.

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By the end of the conflict on August 12, several hundred people had died and Moscow subsequently recognized South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region, Abkhazia, as independent states and has stationed military forces there ever since.

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.

"Any illegitimate activity is unacceptable for us", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.

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. However, countries with ongoing territorial conflicts can not join the Alliance, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation rules.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, stated that Moscow would view NATO's further expansion, including the accession of Georgia and Ukraine, highly negatively.

While around 75% of Georgians said they were in favour of a possible Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, 81% voiced support for European Union membership.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join NATO.

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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