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

09 August 2018

The aggression against Georgia did not start in August 2008, but much earlier, in 1991-92, Margvelashvili said, when "Russia detached two regions from the Georgian central authorities by means of hybrid war". "Georgia is actively having strategic talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over the Black Sea's security and it is ready to further contribute to the NATO's efforts in the region", he added.

"Revisionist powers are not easy to satisfy, and even more hard to rely on".

Ten years have passed since August 2008, but the conflict is still unresolved. Russian Federation has strengthened its military presence in both regions and recognized them as independent states.

Medvedev was president during the night of August 7 Aug. 8, 2008, when Tbilisi tried to drive Russian troops out of the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. "There is no inevitability was not" - said Medvedev.

The Kremlin has a tried and tested good-cop-bad-cop routine in which Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister and former president, is the good cop.

"These words, as shown by later events, unfortunately, in part, turned out to be prophetic and seem to be still valid", said Czaputowicz, referring to the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

Medvedev pointed to Moscow's recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Russian military bases there, saying that any attempt to change the status quo could lead to "extremely grave consequences".

The EU response to Russia's aggression against Georgia was "a big mistake", the diplomat believes.

Therefore, they want to recall what happened.

The EU said that it is committed to remain engaged and involved in stabilisation and conflict resolution efforts in Georgia, including by continuing its engagements as co-chair in the Geneva discussions, the efforts of the EU Special Representative, and the continued presence on the ground of the EU Monitoring Mission.

The two Baltic nations and Poland stressed that they are striving to make Georgia and Ukraine members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The guests will also visit the conflict line and meet with Georgian president, PM and speaker of parliament.

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

According to Medvedev, the trade and economic cooperation between the two countries has picked up significantly over the past several years.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance. The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation again voiced support for Georgia's membership in the alliance at a meeting in Brussels in mid July, without naming a date.

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