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The Georgians said Medvedev on the accession of their country into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO Russia warns of 'horrible conflict' if Georgia joins NATO
Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 20:44

Ten years ago at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Bucharest the heads of state of the Alliance promised that Ukraine and Georgia will eventually become North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said: "All the responsibility [of the war] belongs to the Russian Federation".

Georgia entirely lost control of both South Ossetia and another separatist region, Abkhazia.

He also said that the 2008 August war "could have been avoided".

A roundtable meeting on Russia-Georgia war is also scheduled to be held in Tbilisi on Tuesday with attendance of the same ministers.

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. 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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According to Medvedev, the trade and economic cooperation between the two countries has picked up significantly over the past several years. "We do not understand why it is necessary", Medvedev said.

Prominent Georgian politicians are keen for their country to join the Western military alliance, but have seen chances of joining hampered by Russian territorial incursions.

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.

In turn, earlier the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that Moscow negatively reacted to the entry of Georgia and Ukraine into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that any future North Atlantic Treaty Organisation decision to admit Georgia to its ranks could trigger "a bad conflict" and questioned why the alliance would consider such a move. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".